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Saffron Housing Trust

Saffron Housing Trust

  • We pledge to build on the success of our Digital Buddies project and create more opportunities for young people, aged 10-20, to volunteer and help older people living in our sheltered schemes and general needs properties to become more digitally active.
  • Currently, we run a successful Digital Buddies group at one of our 13 sheltered schemes in South Norfolk. The group meets fortnightly for 2 hours and has enabled 18 young people to participate in youth social action.
  • Young people are recruited and trained to support older people on a one to one basis to develop digital skills such as:
    • Understanding how to use IT equipment like laptops, desktop computers, tablets and smart phones
    • Creating an email account
    • Shopping online
    • Joining Facebook
    • Watching catch up TV
  • The project also provides regular opportunities for young and older people to socialise together and develop positive relationships, which has helped to reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
  • The project is delivered in partnership with MTM Youth Services with support from South Norfolk Council.

We’ve just pledged to the #iwill campaign recently – watch this space for updates on our progress

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Quote from Charlotte Hill, CEO at Step Up To Serve
“The #iwill campaign is driven by leaders from across society who are committed to making youth social action a normal part of growing up in the UK.
We know that young people want to play an active part in improving their communities, and that in doing so, they develop their own skills for work and life.
Over 700 cross-sector organisations so far have pledged to support youth social action, and say #iwill. What will you do?”