FindAKindNeighbour

About us

What is Ami?

Ami is an online service which makes it easy to find people in your community who need a little help and support. It might be doing the shopping, getting to appointments or being someone to chat with, over a cup of tea. Ami will show you volunteer opportunities near you and help you to register with a local voluntary organisation.

How does Ami work?

Ami makes it easier to help people and voluntary organisations in your community.

By entering your postcode you’ll be able to find volunteering opportunities nearby. There are some opportunities to support an individual and you’ll be able to see what kind of help they need, what their interests are and roughly how close they live to you.

When you find someone that you’d like to help, Ami will tell you which voluntary organisation this person is registered with and invite you to sign up with the same organisation who will contact you to arrange an interview, DBS checks, references etc. You’ll receive email updates from the voluntary organisation to let you know how your application is progressing.

Who does Ami help?

Ami helps voluntary organisations in Oxfordshire and Cheshire East to recruit more volunteers.

Our mission

Our mission is to help build stronger communities by supporting the voluntary sector and making it easy for people to find volunteering opportunities near them.

Who is behind Ami?

Ami has been developed by Oxford Computer Consultants (OCC) as a not-for-profit project. OCC was established in 1989 and remains a lively, growing software company based in the centre of Oxford. Throughout, OCC have kept their interest in software that makes a useful contribution to society. They develop custom software in health, research and engineering, while their products are used to manage the delivery of social care.

Our values

Innovative – using technologies to build stronger communities.

Collaborative – working with local voluntary organisations and non-profits to help bring us together and feel more connected.

Empowerment – enable people to find local volunteer opportunities and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Our team

Dr John Boyle is a co-founder and Director of Oxford Computer Consultants. OCC provides software solutions to over 70 local councils. It specialises in integrated contracts and finance solutions for social care.

Luke Canvin is Ami's Technical Lead. He is a PRINCE2 certified technical project manager and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Lois Muddiman is Ami's Project Manager. She has experience in the public sector managing community development projects and founding several social enterprises.

Kirstie O'Connell is Ami's Project Coordinator and qualified Social Media Manager.

Neil Bevis and Andrew Wilson are Ami software developers working in OCC's innovation delivery team.

Alexandra Nemytova is a UX designer who creates intuitive and easy to use websites and applications.