iT4C Announces IT Volunteer Awards 2009 Winners
iT4Communities (iT4C) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 IT Volunteering Awards who were revealed yesterday in a ceremony at The British Computer Society in London, thanks to the kind sponsorship of appiChar, A J Gallagher (UK) Ltd., BCS and Denver Technology. The awards recognise and celebrate the best and most innovative examples of IT volunteering and projects.
The winners were as follows;
- Best Volunteer – Winner: Clive McClure of Westminster Advocacy Service for Senior Residents (WASSR). Finalists: Scott McCabe with Cambridge Link-Up and Alan Robertson with Citizens Online Edinburgh
- Best Impact – Winner: Nick Bettes with Guildford Waverley Crossroads Care (GWCC). Finalists: QDK Ltd with Grassington Festival of Music & Arts and Dan Nicholls with St John Ambulance
- Best Innovation – Winner: SpecialEffect with Mark Allen & the Volunteer Team. Finalists: Age Concern Enfield with Trans-IT Volunteers and Trinity Community Arts with Alex Holding
- Best Accessibility – Winner: Community Link Up with Ashni Sedani. Finalists: Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living with Estelita Clayton and RNIB Cymru with The Digi Champions
Best IT volunteer winner Clive McClure developed two sophisticated and complex databases for WASSR. These new databases allow WASSR to effectively manage their client casework to provide their service to over 380 senior residents in Westminster a year. The judges were amazed with his outstanding and ongoing commitment in delivering a much-needed service to the community.
The Best Impact winners, GWCC provide high quality home based respite care for carers but they had a rostering system that was running them. Nick Bettes helped them map their needs, run their tendering process and also oversaw the complete implementation, including writing reports to give accurate ‘real-time’ information. Previously the weekly timesheets took GWCC staff 4 hours to produce and thanks to Nick they are available at the click of a mouse. The judges felt that whilst Nick’s work wasn’t the sexy end of volunteering, the project had revolutionised how GWCC operates.
Oxfordshire based charity SpecialEffect, the winners of the Best Innovation category, are dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. Mark Allen and the SpecialEffect volunteer team created computer games roadshows for disabled groups throughout Oxfordshire. The roadshows attracted young people to volunteer to help people with disabilities access the pleasure of computer games and boosted the confidence of both people with disabilities and the volunteers. The judges though that this was a great concept and had the potential to help lots more young people with disabilities.
The Best Accessible Project went to Community Link Up for their 1:1 computer club for children with learning difficulties. Young volunteers recruited from local schools in Pinner run the club. They are matched with special needs children to teach them the basics of IT on a 1:1 basis. This project has enabled links with the local Starbucks for funding and even employment as 2 Link Up clients are now employed at Starbucks. The judges thought this was an amazing project that has had an amazing impact on all concerned.
Josh Hoole, of iT4C says:
“We would like to congratulate all the winners and to thank all the entrants for their dedication and hard work in the field of volunteering. It was great to see how many people are giving their time and talent to IT related projects. Hopefully the inspirational work of our entrants will encourage more people to volunteer in the future.”
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