As far as I can see it has been over ten years since this scheme has had a mention on here:
RSPB second-hand binocular scheme
An opportunity to help others less fortunate by donating surplus or unused binoculars and spotting scopes (distributors and retailers with dead stock please note).
A couple of older threads: 2006, 2007.
Please post if you know of other schemes in operation elsewhere around the world.