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About Oxford PC Solutions

Oxford PC Solutions is no longer registered as a Community Interest Company. OPCS is not a Company Limited by Guarantee. However, we are still a not for profit, grass roots, community organisation. We do not receive any payment for being directors of OPCS, however, we can be paid for work that we do for OPCS. OPCS is NOT a charity.

OUR AIMS & OBJECTIVES ARE STILL

  1. To provided services to the commercial sector, the income from which will fund or subsidise community projects, services and facilities for disadvantaged individuals and community groups.

  2. To provide a professional service for all disadvantage people and community groups.

  3. To use Information Technology to initiate and deliver a broad range of services and facilities, through the creation of projects that are sustainable.

  4. We aim to provide training and real work opportunities in order to help people who are disadvantaged through disability, age or finance, to live independently and to achieve a better quality of life.

ABOUT OUR DIRECTORS

David Urmston graduated Oxford Brookes University in 2006 with a BSc. in Information Systems. I have worked in Community Development since leaving Art College in 1984, as a founder member and director of Crackpots Community Arts Organisation. Originally working with clay and very involved in kiln building and the firing process.

At East Oxford Community Centre I did a stint as Bookings Secretary - amongst other jobs, while my main aim was installing "Oxpots", a small ceramics studio based in the community centre. I have also teamed up to work on a couple of short Films, as a Producer on "The Stop Over" and as a Director's Assistant on "The Summer Before the War". Both BAFTA entries and made at Swindon Arts & Media Centre. I had the chance to take these opportunities thanks to an informal skills exchange at Oxford Film and Video Makers. As an enthusiastic audio practitioner, I have been creating sound montages, often collaborating with other talented people. Currently I have been carving bits with Sacred Geezers, a studio "recording only" band. I love percussion, so I get play congas, bongos and percussion with the Barmy Army, a gigging band. More stuff by the Barmy Army, including MP3 download of tracks from their 2013 DEMO CD and a film from a recent gig (November 2012) can be found on Crackpots web site

Alison Palmer-Smith is a Film and Video producer, trained in the use of high end equipment for recording and studio editing. Ali has applied this expertise on numerous projects in Britain and abroad, working with disadvantaged groups and individuals to help them to create a campaigning documentary, or to tell a story, or produce a pop video.

Ali has many years experience working at Oxford Film & Video Makers, a local charity, where she trains people from all kinds of backgrounds in how to create top quality films. Ali also plays alto saxaphone and she can be heard and seen around Oxford town, playing in "Horns a Plenty" at special events, parties and other celebrations.

Jeff Peirce who has, in the past, worked in the community in various roles; including working as a welfare assistant in secondary education and with people with severe learning difficulties. In the 80's Jeff was with the Unemployed Workers & Claimants Union, where he was involved in welfare rights and benefits campaigns. During this time he was very active with the National Claimants/Unwaged Movement and was involved with the Oxford Housing Rights Group as well as the local (Oxford) Child Poverty Action Group.

Jeff is also very much a volunteer and client of OPCS as well. He has been on disability benefits for over 15 years now. Jeff has experienced homelessness at various times and has slept rough, living in make shift shelters and tents, as well as living in trailers and boats.

He is one of the people for whom OPCS has made a difference. Through being involved with OPCS, Jeff is hoping to achieve a more independent life. He is also hoping that through his own experiences, he can help other people. His contribution to OPCS has been invaluable in many ways including deciphering and discussing legal documents, keeping us up to speed with disability issues and proof reading my written stuff, as well as greatly assisting with solving IT hardware issues and building web pages.

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