Now in its fifth year, Digital Heroes has already helped 49 amazing and inspirational projects.
All the projects have started with someone having a bright idea - and then making it happen. The funding that Digital Heroes provides is part of the success, but it's the inspiring individuals behind the projects that makes them successful. Meet last year's winners.
Clare Sutcliffe, Code Club
Clare Sutcliffe and Linda Sandvik started Code Club, a nationwide network of volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The volunteers are professional programmers who visit schools once a week to teach children how to make computer games. There are over 300 Code Clubs across the UK so far and they are keen to expand the network. Clare will use the award to improve Code Club’s website, including the sign up process.
East of England
Lauren Porter, Havebury Housing Partnership
Lauren is responsible for courses in online safety, word processing and social media run by the Suffolk affordable housing provider. The one-to-one sessions are delivered at a pace which suits the clients, who are often older tenants who may not have undertaken training for a number of years. Lauren plans to expand the training programmed, introducing outreach sessions and training on tablets and smartphones.
Toby is a Weekend Studio Manager at FLACK Cambridge, which provides a base for homeless people on weekends when all other services are closed...more
Pozitude is a website made by and designed for young people living with or affected by HIV in the East Midlands...more
Jean is a PA at Age UK Darlington, which strives to improve the quality of life of older people in the area...more
Libby Bateman is a local community organiser in Cumbria who set up the East Cumbrian Broadband Forum...more
Joe Bourke is a volunteer at The Cedar Foundation, where he supports a project providing IT training and support to people with disabilities...more
Robbie founded Youth Football Scotland in 2010, to boost membership of youth football clubs...more
Claire Floyd is a play team member of the Lifelites project at Naomi House, a children's hospice which opened in 1997 to support children not expected to reach adulthood...more
Chris Dredger works for Storybook Dads, a charity that enables parents serving time in British prisons to record themselves reading bedtime stories for their children at home...more
Swansea Telly is a TV channel which makes free videos about life in Swansea, produced by people from Swansea as part of a digital inclusion project...more
Jackie works as a Bereavement Services Practitioner at Guy’s Gift, a charity supporting bereaved children, young people and their families in South Warwickshire...more
Yorkshire and Humberside
Dave is manager of The Lighthouse, a homeless hostel that opened in Scunthorpe four years ago and provides temporary accommodation to 150 people every year...more