TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Award The Shire Initiative (project LocalEyes & VocalEyes) has won the TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Award. To celebrate this achievement an awards ceremony for all winners will be held at the House of Lords, London, on 14 November 2007.

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The Shire Initiative wins inaugural TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Awards

·       Award presented to charity at House of Lords ceremony

·       30 charities in total benefit from £60,000 technology Award

The Shire Initiative, based in Little Haven, has received a TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Award at a ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday 14th November.

The TalkTalk Awards, run in partnership with UK digital inclusion charity Citizens Online, opened for entries in June and called for submissions from non-profit making organisations and charities in the UK. The Awards specifically focus on helping organisations to get the best out of technology. The Shire Initiative was one of 30 of the UK’s most exciting charity projects chosen to win one of the awards.

The Shire Initiative, like the other winning organisations, will receive a grant of £2,000 to help fund its particular project, as well as receiving a free TalkTalk contract for broadband and landline phone access. The Awards have been designed to help groups make the most of the internet by encouraging applications for investment in PCs, hardware, software or technical expertise.

The Shire Initiative runs a project called LocalEyes, which aims to empower young people and the wider community both individually and collectively. LocalEyes intends to radically enhance the way residents of communities communicate. It does this by using email and mobile technologies to suggest, vote on and engage in, local issues.

Peter Anderson from The Shire Initiative commented: “We are thrilled to win this award as it will enable us to make this facility available to all communities and their residents within Pembrokeshire.”

“As technology becomes an increasingly important part of our lives we are conscious that not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits it brings,” said David Thatcher, TalkTalk managing director. “The TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Awards assist organisations who are delivering real benefits to the community and could do even greater work if they were given a helping hand with technology. We had applications from groups that supported disability, protected the environment, assisted the disadvantaged, championed cultural integration and promoted education.  Of the 731 exceptional entries, we believe we have selected 30 very worthy projects that will benefit from the grant and internet access.”

John Fisher, Chief Executive, Citizens Online said: “The Awards are helping us continue our work in encouraging people to make the most of the internet and opening up access for all.”

The full list of winners of the TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Awards

Woodlands MS Resource and Respite Care Centre, York

Life Cycle UK, Bristol

Walkit.com, London

MOTIV, Manchester

Everton development Trust, Liverpool

Qirv Posi+ive, London

Kids Aware, Wakefield

Alzheimer Scotland, Edinburgh

Beat, Norwich

Dundee Women’s Aid, Dundee

Gengehub, Worcester

Dearne Valley Venture Ltd, Bolton upon Dearne

Tower Hamlets Summer University, London

Council for British Archaeology, York

Frontline AV, Coventry

Action for Blind People, London

Dhiverse, Cambridge

Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, Glasgow

Thrive, Reading

Laura Crane Trust, Huddersfield

Northern Seams, Gateshead

New Writing South, Brighton

Gem Training, London

Burnage Against Discrimination Amateur Boxing Club, Manchester

Blackpool Tiggers, Blackpool

Rockwall Woodland for Learning, Bridgend

The Shire Initiative,

Dfuse Citizen Training, London

Horden and Easington Colliery Regeneration Partnership, Peterlee

Cause, Belfast

Innovation in the Community Award