Royal Television Awards 2018 - Innovation Award
Tech4Good Community Award 2018 - Runner-up  

Meet the Team

Olwyn Hocking and Julie Nicholson

The Digital Voice team has worked with hundreds of groups across Tyneside and the North East of England. They work with more than forty highly experienced associate team members, bringing together the best practitioners to deliver the goals of each specific project. And their volunteer team involves people who share the social goals of Digital Voice and provides development opportunities.

The team's pioneering work has won recognition from The Royal Television Society in the North East and the Borders region, which selected DigitalMe as the winner of its Technical Innovations category. The RTS judges described it as “an excellent use of technology … an ingenious and affecting method of motivating children with tough stories to raise awareness of their experiences and get policymakers onside … the clear winner”. And the Tech4Good awards shortlisted DV in its Community Impact Category - the social enterprise also came in the top five in the popular vote category as well.

The social enterprise was founded in 2007 by Julie Nicholson and Olwyn Hocking, who met as community media volunteers.


I began working with groups as a volunteer with looked-after young people fifteen years ago. It's very rewarding to feel you've made a difference.

  • Citation when Runner-up in the EDS Female Entrepreneur Newcomer Award for Gateshead 2007
  • Qualifications in voluntary organisation management, facilitation, Arts Award adviser, PIE Enterprise Education Licenced Facilitator
  • Experience with Prince's Trust, schools, youth groups

What they say:

"Julie is a talented and dedicated media professional who has produced excellent work with a real emphasis on climate change. She has a strong belief in working for the benefit of the community and the environment and has successfully created an enterprise that does both."


Harnessing media is a vital and enjoyable way to communicate - it's great fun, and it's also a creative way we can all leave our mark on the world.

  • Trained in video production, risk management, mentoring, coaching, proofreading
  • Experience with BBC, ITV Tyne Tees, newspapers, voluntary organisations

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