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Volunteering in later life


REACH, the charity that places professional and business people in part-time voluntary jobs, opens its files to laterlife.. 

Name:  Cornel Earle.
             Computer expert

Previous employer: European Network Designer at Cable and Wireless.

Specific experience:  Was in daily liaison with customers to provide technical solutions to their global network problems. Also worked on a major project which involved laying 3.2Tb of fibre optic cable capacity across the Atlantic, co-ordinating communications between surveyors, architects, contractors, land owners and C & W internal departments.


Any special request? To offer expertise as a volunteer and to  keep computer skills up to date.

Now volunteering with: The Haringey Phoenix Group. This charity provides services and information for blind and partially sighted people in the Haringey (London) and surrounding areas, and it was looking for a computer expert.

What he does: Updated the computers, set up a network system and bought equipment at best prices. He is giving blind people, some of whom are understandaby technophobic, the confidence to use voice activated software.

What he says:  “This is very satisfying work. Two people who I particularly admire are Jagdish Tank, Secretary of the Management Committee, who became totally blind five years ago, but who is very computer literate and has mastered the internet; and Annette Brown, a Committee Member, totally blind since childhood, though she finds her way round the office with no hesitation.

What Haringey Phoenix Group say about him:  “Cornel is an excellent guy and has given us wonderful help with our computers. He is presently setting up a web page for us and we are indebted to him for his expertise.”

Cornel’s future plans: Finding a paid job, but also to continue giving some of my time to voluntary work. “We are a close knit team at Haringey Phoenix Group and I would be reluctant to sever my connections there.” 


For REACH: tel 020 7582 6543 or visit the website:

For Haringey Phoenix Group: tel 020 8889 7070 or email:

Also see our previous series of reports from the Reach Files



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