A volunteer at Dudley Library has been shortlisted for Age UK’s Internet Champion Awards.
The charity is looking for an inspiring person aged 55+ who has experienced a positive life change as a result of learning to use the internet.
David Williams, age 64 from Tipton is a volunteer at Dudley Library who has made the final four shortlisted for the award. David enrolled on a beginner’s computer course at the library after being made redundant from his job and suffering a heart attack. David found he enjoyed the course so much that he went on to do several more courses with learndirect and then decided to volunteer at Dudley Library where he now helps with beginner’s computer sessions.
The internet has made a huge difference to David’s life, allowing him to keep in regular contact with his family in Australia. David has also used his new IT skills to develop a website and children’s book about his pet owl, Steffi. Not only this, he is also currently helping doctors at Russell’s Hall Hospital research animal-assisted therapy.
Commenting on being shortlisted David said:
“It was a big surprise to make the final shortlist of just four people for Age UK’s award. Learning how to use a computer and getting online has really changed my life and that’s why I started to volunteer at the library so that I could help others learn too.”
David was entered for the Age UK award by the team at Dudley libraries.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for housing, libraries and adult learning said:
“We are delighted that David has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It is a great recognition of the many hours he has put in to help others learn new skills and the life line that libraries gave him.Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience and there are many opportunities across Dudley both within libraries and other services for residents to volunteer. We wish David all the best when the winners are announced later this month.”
Photo caption - Library volunteer David Williams with Councillor Khurshid Ahmed and Dudley Librarian Sharon Whitehouse
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