Inaugural TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Awards winners announced in House of Lords ceremony

2007 News

November 5th, 2007

30 charities to benefit from £60,000 technology award

The TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Awards was presented today to 30 of the UK’s most exciting charity projects at a ceremony at the House of Lords.

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.

Each winning organisation will receive a grant of £2,000 to help fund their 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.

Winning charities included: Northern Seams, an organisation in Gateshead teaching professional textile crafts to people with learning difficulties; New Writing South, a group promoting creative writing and literacy in the South East; Dundee Women’s Aid, a domestic violence refuge in Dundee; and Burnage Boxing Against Discrimination, a boxing club in Manchester aiming to promote social inclusion amongst young men.

“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 winners of the TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Awards:
Woodlands MS Resource and Respite Care Centre, York
LifeCycle UK, Bristol, 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
Dean 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, Little Haven
Dfuse Citizen Training, London
Horden and Easington Colliery Regeneration Partnership
Peterlee Cause, Belfast

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Pete Marcus /Alexandrina Kennedy.

Notes to editors:

About TalkTalk

TalkTalk, launched in February 2003, is the communications company from The Carphone Warehouse. The Carphone Warehouse is the third-largest broadband provider in the UK. It now has nearly 2.5 million broadband customers (as of November 2007) signed up to TalkTalk and AOL Broadband, which it acquired in October 2006.

In April 2006, TalkTalk launched the UK’s first ever FREE broadband service. TalkTalk customers can now receive high speed broadband of up to 8Mb, unlimited evening and weekend calls to local and national UK landline numbers, plus unlimited free calls to 36 countries, all for just £5.89 per month (plus line rental of £10.50).

In a recent survey of landline users conducted by YouGov for, TalkTalk was voted the number 1 landline company in the UK, not only for overall customer satisfaction but also for being the best value for money service. The TalkTalk £1,000 challenge promises customers £1,000 if they can prove their calls are more expensive than BT, and TalkTalk customers talk to each other for free.
TalkTalk is proud to support TreeHouse, the national charity for autism education. Together TreeHouse and TalkTalk are working to transform the lives of all children with autism, raising funds and driving awareness of autism through a variety of fresh, interactive initiatives. TreeHouse is a registered charity, number 1063184. In September 2006, TalkTalk launched a new directory enquiry service, 118111 from which 1p per call is donated to TreeHouse.

About Citizens Online
Citizens Online is a UK-wide charity committed to addressing and promoting the issues of digital inclusion. Our vision is “to make the benefits of digital technology easy to access and usable by all”. We work closely with industry, government and the voluntary sector to deliver projects which promote social inclusion and community regeneration through the use of ICT and digital technology.

Heidi Lloyd
Director of Strategy and Partnerships