UCanDoIT is no longer a going concern and is closing

UCanDoIT has been seeking for some while to diversify funding and streamline operations to protext us against the impact of more difficult economic conditions.

Unfortunately, the last of our options has failed so it is with great sadness that the trustees have decivded that the charity is no longer a going concern and is closing.

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Volunteer Office Assistant

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We are looking for a Volunteer Office Assistant to join our friendly team to help us tidy our database, Donor Strategy, and other administrative tasks.

Deadline for applying is Friday 29th September. Please apply by emailing your CV to enquiries@ucandoit.org.uk

Click on this link for more info

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Seeking New Chair of Trustees

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UCanDoIT is recruiting a new Chair of Trustees. It is an exciting time to join the charity and a rare opportunity to join a national charity at a senior level.

Visit this page for more details and the candidate brief.

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Tutor Raises Twice His Target For Charities

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Edinburgh based UCanDoIT tutor Jim Benstead ran the half marathon and raised £650 which was twice his target of £300.

He said "I ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon for two assistive technology charities that do great work in Edinburgh and across Scotland to get people with disabilities online. PassITOn refurbishes computers and gives them to people with disabilities; UCanDoIT provides one-to-one, at-home computer tuition to people with disabilities."

UCanDoIT and PassITOn have worked together for many years and look forward to future collaborations.

Jim is pictured far left with Pete White, Volunteer Co-ordinator at PassITOn and Les Thompson PassITOn volunteer,  with Debbie Brixey, Operations Manager of UCanDoIT.

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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.



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