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Innovation in the Community Awards

Posted: 17th Aug, 2005 By: MarkJ
ISP AOL UK has announced the winners of their annual Innovation in the Community Awards. Some 30 projects were ultimately selected, each receiving a £2,000 reward and free Broadband Gold account (up to 1Mbps) for 12 months:

Many of this year’s 30 award recipients are planning to launch schemes providing peer support, with several using audio and webcam initiatives to enable people to share experiences and get support online.

Karen Thomson, Chairman and Chief Executive of AOL UK, added: “There is no doubt that the Internet is an incredibly powerful tool for supporting and connecting people. For those who feel cut off or who are suffering in some way, contact with like-minded people can be particularly beneficial and many of this year’s winners are making the most of broadband, wireless and other technologies to provide essential lifelines. From e-learning to counselling via instant message, we are proud to support these crucial projects.”

The winning projects include:

The African and Caribbean Voices Association in East London, which helps the African and Caribbean community learn about its culture and the contribution it has made towards Britain. It plans to launch a webcam diary project charting senior citizens’ experience of technology, encouraging them to engage with the Internet and use it to tell their own stories.

Drake Music Project in Edinburgh, which provides musical and technological resources to enable people with disabilities to learn and make music, will develop an online workshop to encourage its users to experience and experiment with assistive technologies.

Ecodyfi in Powys, Mid Wales, is a community-owned organisation concerned with the sustainable regeneration of the Dyfi Valley in Mid Wales. It plans to put its award towards launching an online organic gardening course enabling the local community to grow their own organic fruit and vegetables.

Somerset Youth Volunteering Network in Glastonbury supports young locals with their involvement in volunteering, community action and citizenship, including a peer-to-peer mentoring scheme, youth-4-youth. The group will take the scheme online, making it more accessible to young people in remote rural locations.
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