A Sad Announcement and Celebration of our Achievements
It is with much sadness that we must today announce that our Tech and Tea events will not be returning, and we will be dissolving CommuniTech London as an organisation.
For almost 4 years, we had the pleasure of bringing tech support to the community in Wandsworth. We would like to thank every person that has attended our events, donated, spread the word about us, signed up to our mailing list, or shared supportive words with us throughout our journey. We are also incredibly grateful to all the volunteers who gave their time to share their knowledge and wisdom. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to continue for as long as we did.
Together, we have run over 100 events, both physically, and virtually during the pandemic. In that time, we have helped hundreds of people to become more confident with technology. We have built a community of over 100 people via our mailing list, and run a number of well attended social events that we will miss greatly.
We could not have imagined how far we would come as an organisation. We are incredibly proud of everything we have accomplished, and hope that we have had a positive impact on everyone that has crossed our path since our first event in December 2016.
As many of you know, our small trustee team has been managing CommuniTech London remotely since 2017. We’ve been lucky enough to have three incredible event organisers join our team in that time, which has allowed us to continue running events and expand to three locations.
Behind the scenes, we have worked tirelessly since our creation. Creating educational content, raising money and managing finances, running our mailing list and marketing to new people, and continuously working to improve the quality of our service are just a few of the ‘invisible’ activities that have kept us busy.
Following an incredibly challenging year for everyone, the workload to keep our service running has become unsustainable for our small team. We all work full time roles in other industries and are looking to step into new phases of our lives. Unfortunately, we have been unable to recruit any new trustees to continue our service. This means that we have made the decision for our events not to return later this year.
We would like to say a particular thank you to Chris, Valeria and Will, who have done such an incredible job sharing their knowledge and building a community at our events. We could not have done it without them, and we wish them all the best for the future.
If you are still looking for support with technology, or would like to get involved in giving your support, please see below some other services that are available in Wandsworth:
- Digi-pals, Age UK - https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/
- Computer Driving License - Battersea Library https://www.better.org.uk/what-we-offer/activities/it-courses
- If you know of any others, please let us know and we will add them to our website.
If anyone is interested in taking on our service, please get in touch. We have a wealth of experience and are happy to share our resources with anyone that is able to give CommuniTech the time and energy it deserves.
We wish everyone who has supported us the very best. We hope that you will continue to explore using technology, trying new things and never be afraid to ask questions.
All the best to everyone,
Sofie, Matt, Andy and Seb