An IT project for older people in Newcastle has won a Digital Skills award for innovative partnership working.
The IT Classes project is run by student volunteers from Northumbria Students' Union in collaboration with older people's charity the Elders Council of Newcastle.
The project won an 'Innovative partnership' award at the 'I made a difference' awards on 2 April 2014. The student-led project runs weekly IT classes for older people, and works closely with the Elders Council of Newcastle to promote the classes to those who want to learn basic IT skills.
Joe Temple, project leader of the IT Classes project, said:
"This award just represents how dedicated our student volunteers really are. It is great to see so many students kicking their stereotype and actively helping the community. It's great to see all of the volunteers' hard work is acknowledged from somebody outside the university, they deserve it!!
"Elders Council members have found the classes invaluable and one member has stated her self esteem has been greatly advanced because she is much more computer literate than she was before she attended classes. 150 older people in Newcastle have benefited from the classes and are much more confident in using computers. Classes are very informal with no set structure; basically people turn up with a list of things they want to learn and are given one-to-one support from a student. Tuition is tailor made to suit the learner! "
Other award winners include HenPower for 'Growing my charity online', Karen Wood of Pallion Action Group for 'Helping people get connected' and Lisa Hall of Sunderland Carers' Centre for 'Helping a charity get connected'.
Read more and watch the winners' videos at: I made a difference