Posted by: it4c | December 8, 2008

IT Networks – Celebrations from Last Year’s Awards

IT Networks – Celebrations from Last Year’s Awards

The aim of the IT Volunteering Awards is to recognise and celebrate the best IT volunteers and IT volunteering projects and last year it was the charities themselves who were also celebrated.

We worked hard after the ceremony to publicise all the winners and finalists and help with their own publicity. Our friends at Community Newswire were really helpful in getting the message out to local press and media outlets which was ideal for the smaller charities like 1Voice and Dawn’s New Horizon. We posted the story on the Community Newswire site and their expert journalists tailored each winner and finalist story for their local media so one piece of effort from us meant many media wins.

Katie and Tamsin from 1Voice

Katie and Tamsin from 1Voice

1Voice, a network and support charity for children and families using communication aids, won the 2007 Best Project – Impact on Organisation Award. They quickly found themselves on the front page of the Halifax Evening Courier and talking about their charity live on Bradford’s Pulse Radio. The winning volunteer, Tamsin Crothers, said:

”Thank you, it really raises our profile and gets the message across”.

We were also lucky enough to be featured in The Register, one of the worlds largest online technology publications. The UK and US account for more than 1.5 million readers each a month – that’s a lot of potential volunteers! Thankfully, The Register News Editor, John Oates, is one of our expert judges again this year.

With the support of the BCS and appiChar for the 2008 Awards the winners’ stories will be spread further across the IT and Third Sector publicity networks. The winning charities will not only get £500 prize money but also local & national recognition allowing more people to access the support they provide.

 

Posted by: it4c | November 28, 2008

Welcome to the Awards Blog!

 

iT4C Awards Trophy

iT4C Awards Trophy

Here at iT4C Towers we’re breaking into blogging to keep everyone up to date with the goings on for this year’s IT Volunteering Awards.

We’ll bring you all the news, views and updates regularly so you’ll know what’s happening. We’ll keep all the main information on the iT4C Awards Pages.

Over time this will grow into a general iT4C blog with Web 2.0 bells and whistles so the IT volunteering community can keep in touch wherever and whenever, but for now we’ll be taking it easy and focusing on our Awards.

The British Computer Society (BCS) have kindly sponsored this year’s awards along with appiChar, the leading IT consultancy for the not for profit sector. The Ceremony will be held at the BCS London HQ in Covent Garden on Thursday 19th February, 2009. There’ll be around 100 delegates from both the IT and third sectors to recognise and celebrate the best IT volunteers and IT volunteering projects over the past year.

And it’s not just limited to iT4C volunteers, it’s open to any IT volunteer in the country. Last year’s winners ranged from Tamsin Crothers setting up an online office space for geographically disperate trustee board to Paul Campbell creating a social networking site for service users at Sevenoaks Area Mind.

We hope to see you all there and you can book to attend via our main site.

Please leave your comments as any advice, support and constructive criticisms are all gratefully received.

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