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.
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.