Greggs-funded initiative scoops award in recognition of support for older people in Oxford!

By Oxford Hub | July 11 2019

Greggs-funded initiative scoops award in recognition of support for older people in Oxford!

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    An initiative aimed at providing IT training for older people has led to an Oxford student winning a Vice Chancellor’s Social Impact Award. In 2016 a group of students started IT lessons for older people. Oxford University student Albert Gifford volunteered his time and lent his expertise; the training initiative got underway.

    Oxford City Council’s Blackbird Leys Community Centre provided the initial venue. Thanks to Albert’s encouragement, other University students got involved and the initiative spread to other venues.

    Albert Gifford said: “It is very easy for older people to feel isolated when everyone is using and talking about technology they don’t understand. I believe our classes help people get a basic grasp of many aspects of modern technology and to feel less in the dark.”

    Margaret Simpson from OX50+ Network Partner said: “Albert encouraged so many other students to volunteer, which helped the initiative to expand to other venues across the city including the Town Hall, Barton Neighbourhood Centre and East Oxford Community Centre and Rose Hill Leisure Centre.”

    Cllr Pat Kennedy, Oxford City Council’s Older People’s Champion, said: “A small grant from the City Council three years ago was used to kick off this community initiative that is now reaping the rewards. My thanks to Albert for his hard work and congratulations on winning the award.”

    The Vice Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards are now in their tenth year and are awarded to Oxford University students who have shown exceptional achievement and commitment to positive social change. Awardees have been recognised for their commitment to volunteering, raising funds for charities, campaigning, launching social enterprises and carrying out pioneering research. The Awards are a joint initiative between Oxford University and the Oxford Hub.

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