AbilityNet Excellence in Accessibility Special Award
WINNER : Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyds Banking Group has made an exceptional commitment to meeting the needs of their employees. Its programme of support includes a range of specialist assessments and implementation processes and has resulted in a more productive, inclusive workforce.
See their video at LLoyds TSB Award Video
Sponsored by Microsoft in association with AbilityNet
This children’s technology charity provides a package of fun and educational technology to every children’s hospice in the UK. This gives children the chance to: take control of something for themselves; spend quality time with their families; keep in contact with their school and friends; and simply enjoy themselves away from the constant reality of their illness. www.lifelites.org
BT Contact Us Award
WINNER Transforming Customer Contact Team, DWP
This team deliver improvements that help customers find the most suitable route into their services and contact the right person to deal with an enquiry. They have rolled out TexBox, to improve the way DWP handles telephone calls from Deaf and hearing/speech-impaired customers who use textphones. It uses instant messenger style technology allowing staff to answer textphone calls quickly and efficiently from their desktop computers. www.direct.gov.uk
WINNER Taylors/Starting Point Community Learning Partnership
Sponsored by Microlink in association with UK online centres
A commmunity-based cybercafé and learning centre that has grown out of a fish and chip shop. It is a base for a huge range of learning and training-based activities and is focus for trying to maintain a sense of community in the face of economic problems. www.startpointwoodley.co.uk and on YouTube
Community Voices Award
WINNER Vintage Radio
Sponsored by Barclaycard in association with Media Trust
Vintage Radio is an online community radio station in Birkenhead, Merseyside, that is run by older people for older people. It started broadcasting in February 2009 and has given 60 volunteers aged over 50, many of whom have no previous online, IT, or radio experience, the chance to develop the station and use computers and the internet. www.vintageradio.org.uk
WINNER Pennies Foundation
Sponsored by Camelot
Pennies is an electronic charity box that enables people to donate a few pence of their electronic change as they pay for with a debit or credit card. In the first few months since launch more than 440,000 donations have been made, worth well over £100,000 have been received. More than half were for less than 10 pence, showing that pennies really do add up to pounds. www.pennies.org.uk
WINNER We Are What We Do/Internet Buttons
Sponsored by Microsoft in association with Charity Technology Trust
Internet Buttons is a web tool that aims to simplify the Internet for new or nervous users. You can create a page with a few simple links and share it with your friends or family, making it easier for them to find what they need online.
IT Volunteer of the Year
WINNER Colin Crook, nominated by Digital Unite
Sponsored by AppiChar in association withIT4Communities
Colin is a service leader responsible for running Silver Surfer IT taster sessions in sheltered accommodation for elderly people across the UK. He has been working mainly with people with sight impairments using tools such as Dolphin Guide, Jaws, Thunder, Webbie and various speech recognition programs.
Working Together Award
WINNER XMA and iansyst
Sponsored by Hi-Software in association with RaceOnline2012
Building on existing relationships these two companies collaborated to ensure the effective and efficient delivery bespoke computer packages to enable over 9,000 children those with disabilities and special needs get online as part of the Home Access programme. www.xma.co.uk and www.iansyst.com
You can also view a complete list of the finalists in each category.