IT volunteers win iT4Communities awards

IT volunteers from across the UK were rewarded for their efforts last week at the

IT volunteers from across the UK were rewarded for their efforts last week at theiT4Communities Volunteering awards.

IT4 Communities works to match willing IT professionals up with small charities and organisations who are in desperate need of their expertise.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony in the BCS offices in London.

The winners were:

  • Best Volunteer Winner: Clive McClure of Westminster Advocacy Service for Senior Residents (WASSR). Finalists: Scott McCabe with Cambridge Link-Up and Alan Robertson with Citizens Online Edinburgh

  • Best Impact Winner: Nick Bettes with Guildford & Waverley Crossroads Care (GWCC). Finalists: QDK Ltd with Grassington Festival of Music & Arts and Dan Nicholls with St John Ambulance

  • Best Innovation Winner: SpecialEffect with Mark Allen & the Volunteer Team. Finalists: Age Concern Enfield with Trans-IT Volunteers and Trinity Community Arts with Alex Holding

  • Best Accessibility Winner: Community Link-Up with Ashni Sedani. Finalists: Derbyshire Coalition for Independent Living with Estelita Clayton and RNIB Cymru with The Digi Champions

Best volunteer winner Clive McClure developed two complex databases for WASSR. They allow WASSR to manage their client casework, helping them to provide better service to 380 elderly residents in Westminster a year. The judges said they were "amazed with his outstanding and ongoing commitment in delivering a much-needed service to the community".

Volunteer Nick Bettes and charity GWCC won the best impact award. Bettes provided the charity, which provides respite care for carers, with a new rostering system. He oversaw the implementation and also helped run their tendering process. Previously the weekly timesheets took GWCC staff 4 hours to produce and they are now available at the click of a mouse.

A spokesperson for iT4Communities said: "We would like to congratulate all the winners and to thank all the entrants for their dedication and hard work in the field of volunteering. It was great to see how many people are giving their time and talent to IT related projects. Hopefully the inspirational work of our entrants will encourage more people to volunteer in the future."

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