Our mission is to reduce loneliness and social isolation by encouraging people to offer support to those around them, whatever their age, who may be lonely.
Loneliness can be defined as a subjective, unwelcome feeling of lack or loss of companionship. Social isolation refers to a lack of contact with family or friends, community involvement, or access to services. Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is worse for us than obesity and physical inactivity.
Oxford Computer Consultants (OCC) is a lively, growing software company based in the centre of Oxford, which develops software that makes a useful contribution to society.
Ami is currently being developed by OCC using a combination of EU funding, grants and internal funding.
It is our intent that Ami, operating within the voluntary sector, will become an independent, not for profit, social enterprise. It is likely to be a Community Interest Company which would have an asset lock. The exact date of this is not yet known but we anticipate it will be during 2017.
Dr John Boyle is Managing Director of Oxford Computer Consultants, which he co-founded in 1989. 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 Product Manager. 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.
Attila Palfi and Peter Row are software developers working on OCC's local government products.
Ben Prudden is a UX designer who creates intuitive and easy to use websites and applications.
Ruth Stavris is Ami's Project Coordinator. Previously she has worked for Age UK and Full Circle. She is also a volunteer befriender.