Winners of the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2023

The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2023 LogoIn the wake of headlines on tech’s impact on humanity, the 2023 AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards were announced last night at the Institute of Physics in London and online. We created the Awards over a decade ago and this year has seen a record numbers of entries from individuals, start-ups, charities and global tech giants from across the globe. 

A global panel of judges had the unenviable job of selecting the winners from an incredible selection of entries. As well as receiving a trophy made from recycled tech, the winners will receive support and resources to help them on the next stage of their journey. That includes networking with other winners and finalists, crowdfunding programmes and mentorship from the industry leaders who make up the judging panel, and Awards network. 

“We constantly hear about the harm that tech can do - but the Tech4Good Awards celebrate the amazing people and organisations who use tech to make the world a better place. We want to share good ideas and inspire people to learn from what other people have achieved.”
Mark Walker
Organiser, AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards.

The winners of the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2023 are...

Accessible Education Award 2023

Ageing Society Award 2023

AI For Good Award 2023

Community Impact Award 2023

Digital Volunteer Award 2023

Inclusive Health Award 2023

Independent Living Award 2023

Sustainability Award 2023

​​​​​​​Workplace Inclusion Award 2023

​​​​​​​Tech4Good Special Award 2023

​​​​​​​Winner of Winners 2023

 

A selection of trophies made from recycled computer parts are displayed on a table. "Tech4Good is where innovation and empathy meet, harnessing technology to address societal challenges and improve real lives. As our 2023 winners celebrate their achievements, let us continue in our mission to create a more inclusive, sustainable and connected world.”
Catherine Grinyer
Attendable


Attendable has partnered with AbilityNet to organise and deliver the Tech4Good Awards. Additional partners include Access Austria, Access Israel, Catalyst, Crowdfunder, Deque, Fundación Once, Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative, Google, Good Things Foundation, International Association Accessibility Professionals, inABLE, Open Inclusion, Planet Abled, Rick Hansen Foundation, SEDRA, Team Lewis, TechTalent Charter and Valuable 500.
 

Find out more on the Tech4Good website 

Free training sessions: Build your confidence online

A couple smiling, sitting on sofa using laptopDo you know an older person in your community who would benefit from understanding a bit more about the online world, the benefits and where to get help?

Perhaps you yourself are looking for guidance about online tasks, or maybe you support a parent or relative keen to build their knowledge of the digital world?

Come along and join the team from AbilityNet charity for a very interactive training session looking at boosting skills and confidence on the web.

Build your online confidence

In these sessions, we’ll give you tips to develop resilience to online scams and fraud, and awareness of information and misinformation. We’ll look at where information comes from – can we trust it? How do we report a scam? Learn lots of practical tips.

You can choose from either of these two free online sessions taking place on the Zoom platform:

Book your place for Thursday 29 June from 10am - 12pm

Book your place for Tuesday 18 July 2pm - 4pm 

If you work in an organisation with clients who are just starting their digital journey and want to know more, please do share this session with them and encourage them to sign up. It's also a great session for organisations who provide digital inclusion support to service users. 

Further resources

12 scams to be aware of and how to avoid them

Free disabilities sessions: educate your group about disability and technology via our sessions which we can deliver to your organisation.

Workplace training: choose from a selection of online learning options for you and your team.

Don't disable me: How to remove disability barriers in the workplace 
Find out how you can avoid creating barriers for people with lived experience of disability, from people with lived experience of disability!

Book for disability training


How AbilityNet can Help

Apple Vision Pro has a vision for disabled inclusion

Apple announced their long-anticipated new product category during their  WWDC 2023 keynote on June 5. Whilst the Vision Pro headset is undoubtedly exciting for everyone keen to explore mixed and virtual reality, there’s also a lot for disabled users – even blind users like myself – to enthuse about too.

Whilst the accessibility features for the new device (and its accompanying OS; Vision OS) weren’t covered in the keynote, we only had to wait a couple of days before being reassured that, like all other Apple devices, accessibility will remain front and centre. Aimed at developers wanting to build experiences for the new platform, here’s a video covering the features that will be available at launch sometime early next year.

What accessibility features does the Apple Vision Pro have?

An eye-tracked pointer and hand gesture (tapping forefinger and thumb together) can be used to select and activate apps and all other screen elements. For those with no control of their hands, Dwell Control allows you to dwell your eyes on a certain element long enough for it to be activated.

A screenshot of dwell control on the Vision Pro
(Image credit: Apple)

Can’t see the screen elements? You can review them one-by-one with gestures or voice commands - and everything will be spoken out using the built-in screen reader available on all Apple devices; VoiceOver.

Vision Pro hand gesture accessibility
(Image credit: Apple)

Alternatively, you can use Pointer Control which allows you to use a large wand that can be held in the hand or attached to certain fingers.

When watching media, or on a Facetime or Zoom call, subtitles can be customized to use your preferred font and made as large as required for easy viewing.

Screenshot of VisionPro accessibility adjustment settings
(Image credit: Apple)

Other settings allow you to reduce animations and transition effects to assist all those with a cognitive impairment or who may suffer from motion sickness.

A clear vision for an inclusive future

Yet again, Apple has shown that it prioritises accessibility in everything that it does. It’s clear that, come its release sometime next year, those with vision, hearing, motor or cognitive impairments will be able to participate in a meaningful way in the vision of a mixed reality future that Apple has portrayed so compellingly in this year’s WWDC. 
Now we just need developers to do their bit and help realise the potential of this new platform to include everyone in their amazing work.

Further resources

Free webinar: How to improve accessibility in procurement

A recent survey by AbilityNet found that there is a lack of relevant accessibility processes when buying digital products and services. 

AbilityNet held a free webinar on Tuesday 27 June, on How to improve accessibility in procurement.Profile images of Liz Heaney, George Rhodes, and Susanna Laurin. Text: Free Webinar. How to improve accessibility in procurement. Liz Heaney, Google. George Rhodes, The University of Westminster. Susanna Laurin, Funka.

AbilityNet's Mark Walker was joined by Liz Heaney from Google, Susanna Laurin from Funka, and George Rhodes from the University of Westminster to discuss how accessibility professionals can connect with their procurement teams, the impact procurement has on customers and employees, and how procurement impacts the public sector. 

Access the recording of the webinar

Our panellists and accessibility 

Liz Heaney is the leader of the Core Accessibility Programs team. In this role, she focuses on making Google the best place to work for people with disabilities through collaboration with the product and procurement teams. The scope of this team includes software procured by Google to roll out internally and software produced by the central engineering team. Prior Google Liz has led a long career in Program Management leading team and other Program Managers in software implementations in many different industries.

Susanna Laurin is the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Funka, a European based market leading consultancy focusing on accessibility. About accessible procurement, Laurin says “It's a huge benefit if we add accessibility into the mix [of procurement]. You will have a product or service that is more accessible than if you didn't post accessibility requirements. And that means less remediation.” Read more from Laurin in our blog post on accessible procurement in the public sector

George Rhodes is the Digital Accessibility Lead at the University of Westminster. George has been working with procurement colleagues to build high-level needs into the University’s high-level requirements document and ensure suppliers are aware of the legislative need to comply with PSBAR.

Further resources

Meet some of AbilityNet's tech volunteers in our new film

Graphic: text reads Get Involved, 1-7 June Volunteers' Week, with faces of different people in floating circlesHappy Volunteers' Week!

Volunteers' Week runs from 1-7 June, and not only is it an ideal week to take the plunge and join AbilityNet as a tech volunteer, but it's also a great excuse to showcase and celebrate the tireless and valuable work of our network of 350+ amazing volunteers across the UK. 

Jordan Rosser, smiling outside a house, wearing AbilityNet lanyard"I've grown up with technology and sometimes you forget that there's people that haven't, especially the older generation. Something that might seem trivial to yourself can make a huge difference to somebody who's never used a computer. And it really does. You can see it in their eyes, when they've accomplished things themselves - that smile and that energy you get from them is really rewarding, and I absolutely love it." - Jordan Rosser, AbilityNet Tech Volunteer.

Watch our new film

We're delighted to share with you our new film highlighting the work of three AbilityNet tech volunteers from across the UK to provide an insight into their varied and rewarding roles. Meet Jo, Greg and Jordan.

Download the transcript of the video [Word doc].

Free webinar on the benefits of volunteering

Free webinar: How volunteering can help you or your organisation, Tuesday 6 June 1pm BST   Join Bethan Richmond from Capgemini and Joe Tunesi of AbilityNet.  Register today: www.abilitynet.org.uk/CapgeminiVolunteer. Shows profile images of Joe and Bethan, and an icon of hands in the air, and Capgemini logo. During a recent free lunch and learn session 'How volunteering can benefit you or your organisation, with Capgemini' guests from Capgemini UK, and AbilityNet staff and volunteers shared information about the advantages of corporate volunteering for your organisation, your employees, and the people that volunteering supports.

The recording of the webinar, slides and transcript will be available on the webinar page soon.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?

CSR is a means for businesses to contribute to or engage in activities of a charitable or ethically oriented nature, that support the communities and environment in which they operate. It can simply be a day where employees can get out of their usual work environment and bond as a team whilst volunteering and giving back to their communities.

Visit our dedicated webpage on Corporate Social Responsibility to find out more and learn how to become a partner with AbilityNet. By supporting AbilityNet, you can help ensure disabled people aren't excluded from the digital world. 

Why should I become a volunteer for AbilityNet?

A graphic of a strap line banner with the text '#VolunteersWeek'

Greg White standing smiling against a rock wall backgroundAs one of our tech volunteers featured in the new film, Greg White, says: "Volunteering at AbilityNet gives me the opportunity to build upon my experience and skills, which in turn enables people to live a healthy and productive life - it’s a truly rewarding and inspiring environment.”  

Why not join AbilityNet's community of more than 350 volunteers, and help support older people and disabled people with their technology? 

Volunteer with us 

 

More resources on volunteering

How remote volunteers can provide expert tech guidance

Newly published author Steven Liska contacted AbilityNet in 2022, as he was looking for help with working on documents on his laptop. 

AbilityNet volunteer Jamie Robson was drafted in to provide online remote support to Steven, who was based in Colwyn Bay in North Wales. Unfortunately at the time AbilityNet didn't have any volunteers nearby to be able to pay Steven a home visit.A couple Steven and Linda standing in the countryside

"We arranged a convenient date and time to have a remote support session, during which I talked Steven through installing 'Teamviewer', which is our preferred tool for assisting clients remotely," says Jamie.

"This worked like a charm and, since Steven had granted permission, meant that I could see what was on Steven’s screen and demonstrate things as well."

Although Steven had done some writing in years gone by, he'd never actually written a book and was keen to discover the useful features within Word that would help with his task. "I was fortunate enough to find AbilityNet with an internet search," says Steven.

The rewards of remote volunteering

Steven’s wife, Linda (pictured here with Steven), is a stroke survivor and he was writing a book about their shared experiences, challenges (and victories) following Linda’s stroke in 2011.

Book cover with two seabirds on the beach in the low tide. Words: Steven Liska 'How life can change at a stroke'Jamie and Steven had several remote sessions, during which Jamie also helped Steven with other aspects of computer usage.

"It's easy enough to find people who will fix a computer, but it's almost impossible to find people who will instruct you how to use one, especially when it comes to specialist programmes," Steven says.

With Jamie's help explaining how the technology worked, Steven was able to complete the work on his book, How Life Can Change At A Stroke, which is now available to buy online.

"I was delighted to hear from Steven that it was published earlier this year. It was honestly a privilege to be a small part in the creative process which allowed Steven to complete what he’d set out to do," says Jamie.

Could you use your IT skills and know-how to change lives in rural areas? 

Many older and disabled people experience difficulties with their technology and when trying to participate in the digital world. Our wonderful volunteers, like Jamie, provide one-to-one technology support to help them achieve their goals.


Start your rewarding volunteering journey
 

Enabling lifechanging moments

Jamie has been providing remote support with AbilityNet for many years, including throughout the pandemic. 

One request for support particularly sticks in Jamie's mind: 

"It was a gentleman in his '90s in Edinburgh who’d been unable to see his first grandchild because of lockdown. We had a remote session and managed to get Skype working which then enabled him to see his grandchild for the very first time. It was wonderful to be able to do that for him."

Remote support is a vital part of what AbilityNet do. Whilst it’s not suitable for every request we receive, it does allow us to respond quickly to many requests and also help clients who unfortunately don’t have volunteers within travelling distance. It also helps us to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum since no travelling is involved.

A graphic of a strap line banner with the text '#VolunteersWeek'Free webinar on the benefits of volunteering - get involved!

Jamie shared his volunteering experiences during our free lunch and learn session on Tuesday 6 June at 1pm BST, where guests from Capgemini UK, and AbilityNet also shared information on ‘How volunteering can benefit you or your organisation’.
Profile images of Jamie Robson, Joe Tunesi, Bethan Richmond, and Darren Fox-Hall. Text displays: Free Webinar: How volunteering can benefit you or your organisation.

Stroke-related resources

More resources about volunteering

Collaborating with Capgemini volunteers to share digital skills

Capgemini logo written in blue cursive script“With the right skills, technology is an enabler, helping people navigate an increasingly interconnected and digital world. That’s why building digital skills is so important – and to ensure no one is left behind, anyone with technology skills can help support those around them to learn and gain confidence,” says Bethan Richmond, Digital Inclusion Programme Manager at Capgemini UK.

Digital transformation is exposing a clear divide that is impacting all regions and sectors across the UK. Nowadays, basic digital skills are essential to working, receiving medical care, travelling, and staying informed.

We need to help everyone participate in the digital revolution. In line with this belief, technology company Capgemini has been working with AbilityNet to connect its employees with individuals in their communities who would value assistance with learning everyday digital skills. 

Collaborating for change

Capgemini is a global leader in partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. Its digital inclusion programme looks to help make the digital revolution an opportunity for all and provide a bridge between technology and society. This connection has led to a deep sense of responsibility in terms of both the impacts of technology and the risks of being excluded from its opportunities in an increasingly connected world. 

Older woman with white hair sitting at kitchen table with younger man wearing AbilityNet lanyard both looking at a laptopCapgemini employees, who possess advanced technology skills, can be real catalysts for change in their local communities. The company supports its employees with the opportunity to use two working days each year for volunteering to share skills.

A Capgemini team member put Bethan Richmond, UK Digital Inclusion Programme Manager at Capgemini, in touch with AbilityNet. The two organisations began speaking about how they could support one another’s digital inclusion work.

It became apparent that not only were the values of both organisations closely aligned, but there was also a natural synergy between AbilityNet’s local connections to individuals who would value support and Capgemini’s willing and able volunteers who could help directly through the sharing of digital skills. 

The power of volunteers

As AbilityNet's volunteer network works across the UK, this appealed to Capgemini – as its employees from around the country could get involved. As a result, the two organisations started collaborating to share digital skills. Since 2022, 20 Capgemini volunteers have engaged across various AbilityNet initiatives to support around 50 people across the country. 

Two men looking at a laptop, with one person standing above seeming to be showing the other what to doFor example, seven Capgemini volunteers worked with AbilityNet in Birmingham to run digital skills building sessions for a new digitally smart housing association.

They helped run six sessions to equip 24 residents with the skills needed to thrive in their new homes – from learning how to use the technology controlling heating in their homes, to sharing knowledge of how to stay safe online, ensure strong online passwords, and more. 

A rewarding experience

Other volunteers have also been able to get involved and help their local communities. These include Capgemini employee Darren, who has been working with AbilityNet to support individuals in South Lincolnshire:

“Volunteering with AbilityNet is a fantastic way to give back to my community. It’s allowed me to use my IT skills to help others and during the past nine months, I’ve supported a number of people. For example, I assisted one elderly woman learn how to access her emails, browse the internet, and make video calls to family," Darren says.

"Another time, I helped with a project to provide digital devices for Ukrainian refugees by setting up around 100 laptops. It’s really rewarding seeing the direct benefits of sharing digital skills, and I appreciate how flexible AbilityNet is when it comes to volunteering: if you happen to be unavailable or too busy to support one week, it’s fine to pass the request to another volunteer via their co-coordinators.”

People with less confidence when it comes to the digital world often prefer a more personal, face-to-face approach. By volunteering, Capgemini employees are supporting AbilityNet to offer this option in places across the UK as we work to make the digital world accessible to all.

Free webinar: How volunteering can help you or your organisation, Tuesday 6 June 1pm BST   Join Bethan Richmond from Capgemini and Joe Tunesi of AbilityNet.  Register today: www.abilitynet.org.uk/CapgeminiVolunteer. Shows profile images of Joe and Bethan, and an icon of hands in the air, and Capgemini logo. Free webinar recording: How volunteering can benefit you or your organisation, with Capgemini
Capgemini and AbilityNet discussed how the technology company provides opportunities for its employees to volunteer within the community to help older and disabled people with their digital devices as part of AbilityNet's 350+ strong team of volunteers across the UK.


Start your volunteering journey

AbilityNet has many corporate social responsibility (CSR) partnership opportunities supporting our work helping older and disabled people through technology from free support such as volunteering to sponsorship and fundraising. Please contact us if you would like to discuss working together.

And if you're an individual interested in volunteering with us, we'd love you to get in contact. Find out more about becoming an AbilityNet Tech volunteer in your area.

How to conduct remote usability testing

This blog has been updated! Originally published 14/04/21. Amended 24/05/23


Remote user testing brings both benefits and challenges. It means you can include people from across the world, however this makes it more difficult to prevent technology mishaps such as software problems or poor internet connection. 

Set of 8 post it notes with one in the foreground reading 'Run a usability test'
Raphael Clegg-Vinell, former Senior Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet was a panellist on the UX/Usability Testing Panel: Personas, User Experience, and Research webinar from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) in 2021.

The main issues with user testing 

The panel discussed three main issues: 

  • how to use personas to incorporate accessibility from the beginning of solution's design; 
  • visualizing user experiences as a way to break down customer needs in context; and 
  • outlining a range of research methods you can use to focus on user testing and inclusion. 

Raphael responded to some of the key questions about user testing from the audience. 

What considerations should we be aware of when conducting remote research as opposed to research in a lab? 

Man and woman looking at computer screen, wearing masks

There are both advantages and disadvantages to lab-based and remote research. In a lab setting, you’re likely to have far more control over the technology. For example, internet reliability, up-to-date browsers and so on. 

Remote participants may live in an area where there’s poor internet coverage, have problems installing and using the software and some of the features such as sharing the system audio, for example.   

It’s important to make sure you provide participants with good set-up instructions beforehand and in some cases, I’ve had to run quick test-runs with people before research sessions to make sure they’re comfortable using the platform.    

Another key thing to be aware of is that if you have a client watching research sessions in a lab, you can easily engage with them afterward each session. If they’ve not quite understood an insight or you need to demo something to show them a problem which occurred, it’s usually quite straightforward when you’re in the same space.  

If doing research remotely, you might have to organise meetings to do this separately to make clients feel involved and engaged with the project.

Learn how to conduct moderated usability studies using participants with a diverse range of access needs, remotely and lab-based! Book AbilityNet's online training course: How to do inclusive usability testing 

When conducting usability testing, how would you approach choosing the number and range of participants? 

The number of participants you need for research is a tricky one!  

A 2000 study by the Nielsen Norman Group found that when using more than 5 participants, they weren’t tending to find any new key issues which hadn’t already been identified – the curve plateaued. The use of 5 people for usability studies is now often referred to as ‘the rule of 5’.  Group of people sitting in a circle holding papers. A woman in a wheelchair is the focal point of the picture

However, the study didn’t seem to take into account people with diverse access needs. For example, key issues identified by someone reliant on a screen reader are often going to be different from those identified by a non-screen reader user. So the rule of 5 goes out the window here, as you can imagine! 

Depending on your project, you might be thinking, surely just include 5 screen reader users, 5 people with a motor disability and so on. The difficulty here is that most clients you work with won’t have the budget to test their product or service with lots of people, so there will need to be some compromising in selecting a smaller number of people.  

When deciding on the range of participants to include, it’s important to first look at the product or service you’re designing. If it’s a virtual assistant such as Siri, it’s likely to be more important you include people with speech and language impairments.

If it’s a website for a video-streaming service, there may be more value in ensuring you have people with hearing impairments included in the research so you can get feedback from people reliant on aspects such as closed captioning.

How do you present your findings and insights in an engaging way for clients? 

Try and read your audience as much as possible and find out what’s likely to motivate them to take accessibility seriously.  

Some clients may be very data-focused and for these types of customers, it can be more important to try and back up insights you’ve found with metrics you can quantify.  

Others may be more responsive to qualitative findings, such as insightful quotes from participants. For example, if carrying out usability testing and someone comments on why X product is completely inaccessible for keyboard-only users, a quote from them could have a greater impact than just explaining the problem they encountered. 

If your report or presentation is going to be for a team of web developers, you can use more technical jargon and they may have a better understanding of things such as ARIA. If it’s for a UX team, you may want to tailor it slightly differently. 

Personas and research findings

Alongside Raphael, the panel included Lisa Vissichelli, Head of Visual Design, Research Manager, AnswerLab; Kathryn Weber-Hottleman, IT Accessibility Coordinator, University of Connecticut. 

Lisa talked about how to engage clients with research findings and how to visualize insights using methods, such as illustrations, to try and paint a better picture of feedback/issues identified and to try and convey people's lived experiences in a more engaging format. 

Kathryn shared her views and experiences about personas - what they are, how to use them in projects, how to ensure people include personas with disabilities and how they can be used alongside other research methods such as usability testing.

Learn how we can help with Diverse User Testing

Further resources

Easy Read versions of free disability and technology factsheets now available

person sitting in chair reading a picture book1.5 million people in the UK have learning disabilities. Easy Read is a method of making information easier to understand for this group. Easy Read documents usually combine short, jargon-free sentences with simple, clear images to help explain the content.

AbilityNet logo and EasY Read logo of person smiling reading a book, plus a collection of computing devices next to a man with a cane and text reads:'Sight loss and computing'AbilityNet has updated its range of Easy Read versions of some of its most popular factsheets, which you can download and share:

Easy Read format can also be useful for people who speak English as a second language, people who find it hard to read and write, people who have memory problems, or people who are in a hurry or are stressed.

Want to know more about Easy Read? Download AbilityNet's What is Easy Read? factsheet

AbilityNet factsheets about how technology can help you

AbilityNet’s factsheets are free to download and provide advice and information about how computers and other digital technologies can help people with a range of conditions and impairments.

Written by our specialist team of assessors and accessibility consultants they give detailed information on a wide range of assistive technology, services and related organisations. Many give a step by step guide to help you set up your computer and software (assistive technology) to meet your individual requirements.

You can download more than 30 free factsheets on topics including:

  • Disability and Employment
  • Stroke and Computing
  • Osteoarthritis and Computing
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Computing
  • Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
     
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Don't Disable Me training series

As well as Easy Read factsheets, AbilityNet has other useful resources available including training courses.

If your professional role includes a responsibility to improve the accessibility and diversity within your workforce, you're likely to learn useful skills from our Don’t Disable Me lived experience training series. After attending the courses you will know how to describe the types of physical impairments people experience, and understand through real-life stories the unintentional barriers we can create.

Further resources:

AbilityNet provides a range of free services to help disabled people and older people. If you can afford it, please donate to help us support older and disabled people through technology

What are the benefits of volunteering?

With The Big Help Out campaign continuing throughout the summer and Volunteers Week (1-7 June) fast approaching, now is the perfect time to think about volunteering. However, you might be wondering, "What are the benefits of volunteering?"

Free webinar recording on the benefits of volunteering

Join us for a free lunch and learn session on Tuesday 6 June at 1pm BST, where guests Bethan Richmond, Digital Inclusion Programme Manager for Capgemini UK, and Joe Tunesi, Community Relationship Officer at AbilityNet will be sharing information on ‘How volunteering can benefit you or your organisation’.

Free webinar: How volunteering can help you or your organisation, Tuesday 6 June 1pm BST   Join Bethan Richmond from Capgemini and Joe Tunesi of AbilityNet.  Register today: www.abilitynet.org.uk/CapgeminiVolunteer. Shows profile images of Joe and Bethan, and an icon of hands in the air, and Capgemini logo. In the webinar, we discussed:

  • The advantages of corporate volunteering for your organisation, your employees, and the people that volunteering supports
  • The volunteer opportunities that Capgemini provides for its employees
  • How volunteering can boost your mental health 
  • Volunteers' experiences of volunteering and the values of doing so 
  • Answered your questions about volunteering and corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the panel 

Watch the webinar recording

What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?

CSR is a means for businesses to contribute to or engage in activities of a charitable or ethically oriented nature, that support the communities and environment in which they operate. 

CSR can simply be a day where employees can get out of their usual work environment and bond as a team whilst volunteering and giving back to their communities.

Group of people standing on top of a peak in the countrysideFor example, Consol Partners completed the National 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of AbilityNet, which in return contributed to their own CSR. Detailing why they chose to support AbilityNet with their challenge, the team said:

"We are supporting AbilityNet, a charity close to our hearts helping people do things so many of us take for granted... As a Company that drives innovation through talent, ConSol Partners believes that by promoting diversity, equality and inclusion, the power of technology can be accessible to all!"

Visit our dedicated webpage on Corporate Social Responsibility to find out more and learn how to become a partner with AbilityNet. By supporting AbilityNet, you can help ensure disabled people aren't excluded from the digital world. 

Why should I become a volunteer for AbilityNet?

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As one of our volunteers, Piotr WikaImage of Piotr holding his volunteers badge and giving camera a thumbs up. rski says: "It is heartwarming to experience the gratitude of the people I help when volunteering. Sometimes I might be the only IT help available for them. I feel that my service sometimes really makes a significant impact, even it is only a very basic IT support on my part. Today I work in IT professionally, but I continue my volunteer service as this is an amazing experience that enriches my life." 

Why not join Piotr and AbilityNet's community of over 300 volunteers, and help support older people and disabled people with their technology? 

Find out more about volunteering

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