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I am nominating Omoyosola Adenuga, who has been a parent leader and digital champion for us at Parents and Communities Together (PACT). She has supported fellow parents in our community to get online and get connected by providing one-to-one digital advice. She has helped families to set up the devices and WIFI we have provided and has enabled many families to confidently navigate the internet. With the pandemic and lockdown, this has been a lifeline to many families who have experienced extreme isolation, feelings of being left behind and difficulties accessing much-needed services, medical advice and information

Omoyosola has been a parent at our groups for over a year. Originally based in South-East London with her young child, she was moved away from her friends and social network and could no longer access the internet at her local library due to the pandemic. She really struggled in lockdown with ‘no internet, no TV and no radio’, but after receiving internet she was able to join our community Zoom groups, access accurate information about COVID and subsequently offered up her time to help other parents get online.

Omoyosola has been an inspiration to many in our community. Her support has not only facilitated the communities work to tackle Digital Exclusion but has also ensured that the families in need of the most support are visible and included. While navigating her own daily struggles throughout this pandemic her support has improved wellbeing, a sense of belonging and increased our families’ online skills. They have also been great role models, helping to empower parents and show that they can lead and help others.

Now more than ever, we can all appreciate the critical role internet access has in our lives, connecting us with people, ideas, education and activities. However, as Covid-19 and social movements like Black Lives Matter highlight the often-invisible inequalities in our society, digital exclusion has also emerged as a serious issue. People confined to their homes without phones or computers cannot socialise, access public services or even access up-to-date information about the pandemic.
posted 2020-12-15 03:33:43 -0800