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Good call: IT lessons bag an award for David

Volunteer has helped elderly residents stay connected during the pandemic

22 January, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

David Mallory: ‘I just wanted to help people and make a difference in people’s lives, which I think is important in the pandemic’

A MAN who gave up his time to support elderly people with complex health conditions stay connected by phone and Zoom videocall sessions has been given a Volunteer of the Year award.

David Mallory joined Age UK Islington and Healthwatch Islington as a volunteer in 2019 – he was nominated for work providing IT tuition and support during the pandemic.

Mr Mallory said: “I just wanted to help people and make a difference in people’s lives, which I think is important in the pandemic. Reading and writing is important but also being able to use a computer is just as important.”

Navinder Kaur, chief executive at Voluntary Action Islington, said: “The experience of digital exclusion is a reality for many thousands of people living in Islington, and the pandemic has highlighted the startlingly high numbers that do not have access to basic technology that many others take for granted.”

The Volunteer of the Year Awards is sponsored by the Doubletree by Hilton Angel, King’s Cross and were presented by Mayor of Islington Councillor Janet Burgess

Other winners include Mohamed Senusi from the Pilion Trust, Richard Longworth from the Angel Shed Theatre, Margaret Pitt from Culpeper Community Gardens and the food hub volunteer team in Hornsey Lane Estate.

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