UCanDoIT Celebrates Learner Achievements

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UCanDoIT celebrated the work of learners and tutors at an award ceremony held at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists headquarters on 21 March. One of the highlights was the presentation of the Anthony Wigram Achievement Award designed to celebrate those learners who have created a social impact either personally or within their community through the use of IT and the support of UCanDoIT.

Our founder said “This is the second year of the award and numerous nominees were put in front of me, all with their own story to tell. I was impressed by Mike Brace who despite his disability has achieved great things”

Mike Brace CBE with awardMike Brace (pictured) is a former paralympic skier, social worker and leader of disabled charities. He was Chief Executive of Vision 2020 UK (2001-2012) and served as Chairman of the British Paralympic Association (2001-2008). He was blinded at the age of ten by an accident with a firework and subsequently attended Linden Lodge School for the Blind in Wimbledon. He gained a Diploma in Social Work from the Polytechnic of North London in 1976 and in the same year competed as a cross-country skier in the inaugural Winter Paralympics. He was awarded the OBE in 2005 and CBE in 2009 for services to paralympic sport.


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UCanDoIT Welcomes New CEO

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Samantha Barber has been appointed CEO of UCanDoIT. She joins from veterans’ charity Stoll where she was in charge of fundraising.

As Director of External Relations at Stoll, Barber led a team of nine and took the charity from an annual fundraising income of £200,000 to £12 million over five years. In her 20-year career in the charity sector she has also held roles with Shelter and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Samantha said: “Technology is a great enabler – if you have the equipment and know how to use it. Given the barriers to employment and social exclusion that some disabled people experience, the service UCanDoIT provides is vital in helping more and more disabled people lead independent lives. I am looking forward to working with colleagues, tutors and users to widen the reach of our service across the country and help ensure more and more disabled people take the steps to being tech independent.”

 

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Fundraising On The Run

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Our trustee Andreas Haimboeck-Tichy is running the Winchester Half Marathon to raise funds for UCanDoIT.

After his success in the London Marathon where he completed the course in under four hours and raised over £4000 (double his original target)  he is once again aiming to fundraise for what he describes as “the brilliant charity that transforms people's lives”.

To donate to Andreas please visit his Virgin Money Giving page. 

 

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Raise Money for UCanDoIT by Shopping Online!

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If you would like to help us raise some money please sign up to our page on Easyfundraising. It won't cost you anything and there are hundreds of online shops that will give donations to us every time you shop online.

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Read All About Us

UCanDoIT Annual Report Front Cover 2015

If you would like to know more about the charity and what we have achieved over the last year please have a look at our latest Annual Report.

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Hear All About UCanDoIT

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Listen to UCanDoIT CEO, Mary Payne, talking about the our free computer training available to disabled people.

http://www.infosound.org.uk/audio/infosound_1052U.mp3

 

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Running Total

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Congratulations to our trustee Andreas who completed the London Marathon in under four hours and raised a whopping £3,748.80 for our charity!

It's not too late to donate using this link

UPDATE: THE TOTAL HAS NOW PASSED £4,000.00!

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A Marathon Effort By One Of Our Trustees

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One of our trustees Andreas Haimboeck-Tichy is running  for UCanDoIT in this year’s London Marathon on 26 April 2015.

He said " I am running the London Marathon for the 2nd time. I have chosen to run for UCanDoIT, the brilliant charity which transforms people's lives by providing one-to-one IT Training to disabled people in their own homes teaching them to access the Internet, email, video conferencing facilities and much more and as a result enabling them to live (more) independent lives, interact with friends and family and/or get back into employment."

Stephen Fry has a few words of support for Andreas, in this video.

Please show your encouragement by making a donation and helping him achieve his target of £2,000. 

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UCanDoIT Founder Bids the Charity Goodbye

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UCanDoIT founder Anthony Wigram gave up the Chair three years ago although he remained on the board and has now taken the decision that the time has come to resign as a trustee. He remains committed to the ongoing work of the charity and will continue to offer support.

He said “I want to thank sincerely all tutors for the magnificent work they have done over the last 16 years. I am of course delighted to have left the charity in such good hands. We all know how passionate and committed Mary Payne (CEO) is and how much she gives to our work. We are also extremely lucky to have Dr Michael Taylor as Chair who is equally passionate and committed and brings a great breadth of knowledge to every aspect of our campaign to bring a new life to the thousands of disabled people who can benefit so much from our help”.

As the Chair of UCanDoIT Dr Taylor stated "It was the vision of Anthony Wigram to improve the quality of life for disabled people through their safe use of the Internet. He dramatically achieved this goal by founding the charity UCanDoIT. We now want to build on his success by ensuring UCanDoIT continues to expand through active collaboration with other charities and social enterprises."

Mary Payne CEO of the charity, herself a former learner and tutor, said “We all owe a debt of gratitude to Anthony Wigram for his conviction that people with disabilities would benefit from one-to-one computer and internet tuition and his determination to make this happen. We look forward to carrying his mission forward.”

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Happy New Year

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We would like to wish all our learners, tutors and supporters a Happy New Year for 2015.

 

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