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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 in June 2017 – watch this space for updates on our progress.


Margaret Butcher, Thomas Manning Road – beneficiary
“I’ve loved working with the young people, everyone has been very useful and kind! Young people don’t usually mix with our age range so it’s great as it’s a two way thing and they can learn from us too!”