With just a few days left to vote for the winners of this year’s Digital Leaders 100, we wanted to let you know more about the 100 nominees who have made it onto the list across all ten categories. Today we cover our final category; Best Digital Inclusion Product or Service.
The award is specifically designed to recognise an organisation from any sector that has, in the last 12 months, delivered a digital inclusion or assisted digital product or service that has had a transformational impact on access to public services.
The ten finalists for Best Digital Inclusion Product or Service are:
BREEZIE FOR TABLET, BREEZIE
Breezie makes using a tablet computer simple and easy; it comes with plenty of built-in everyday services and applications like Skype and email already set up and presented in a unique, user-friendly way, taking away all the complications of setting up a new computer or tablet. Everything is fully personalised to suit user’s needs before it’s sent out .
Citizens Online works in partnership with local councils, housing associations, JCP, corporates and the community and voluntary sector to develop Digital Delivery partnerships across the UK. It ensures that the culture of the partner organisations is changed to embrace channel shift, online products, skills development, and accessibility as a core part of their strategy.
CommunityUK.net is a leading provider of Free WiFi Broadband and Digital Inclusion Solutions to Social Housing Providers and Communities nationwide, as well as the creators of the unique, award nominated “Going All Inclusive” Digital Inclusion Program Methodology that is now driving some of the largest and most ambitious DI Programs taking place in the UK today.
DIGITAL CHAMPIONS, AFFINITY SUTTON
The Digital Champions model builds the capacity of volunteers in communities across the country to teach others, one-on-one or in small groups, how to use the internet in a way which is useful for them – from ordering prescriptions and avoiding the post office queue by paying bills online to skyping grandchildren in Australia.
DISCOVER IT, LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY
Discover IT is an innovative Digital Inclusion programme which enables disabled adults across the UK to develop their IT skills and interests through access to accessible IT and technology. DIT@Home also provides accessible computers for disabled people to use at home as well as the support to use their equipment.
LAPTOP LOAN SCHEME, LINK GROUP
One of the main barriers to getting online or developing skills in computer use is access to a device. To assist tenants with this issue, Link has developed a Laptop Loan Scheme, which enables tenants to ‘try before they buy’ a computer or laptop to develop their basic skills.
SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS
SCVO’s Digital Participation team leads an ambitious programme to address Scotland’s digital deficit by getting the 1.3 million people not using the internet online. It is rapidly raising the profile of digital inclusion in Scotland and building an active coalition of partners from across the public, private and third sectors.
THE HUGO PROJECT, LEEDS FEDERATED HOUSING ASSOCIATION
The HUGO Centre has been developed as part of Leeds Fed’s HUGO (Helping U Get Online) project. The centre is equipped with 12 computers and is dedicated to the training and personal development of Leeds Fed customers and local residents. There are a range of courses on offer and a brand new work club to help people improve their job and interview skills.
THE IT CLASSES PROJECT, NORTHUMBRIA STUDENTS UNION AND ELDERS COUNIL OF NEWSCASTLE
The IT Classes Project is run by Northumbria Students Union volunteers in collaboration with the Elders Council of Newcastle. Student volunteers assist older people who many not feel comfortable using devices such as computers, tablets and mobile phones to gain confidence and improve skills.
UNIONLEARN NORTH WEST
Unionlearn NW set up over 50 digital hubs in Liverpool to provide access to the internet and training for people to use it. Spread across the city, the hubs are located in voluntary organisations and trade union learning centres. Part of the city’s ‘Mi’ (More Independence) health project to promote independent living, unionlearn has trained over 300 digital champions in the hubs since autumn 2013.
You have until the end of May to select overall winners from 100 finalists across ten categories, including Best Digital Inclusion Product or Service.
Which product or service will win your vote? The results will be combined with the deliberations of an expert judging panel to determine the overall winners, culminating in a black-tie gala dinner on 25th June at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in Central London.
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