Royal Television Awards 2018 - Innovation Award
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Mayor’s praise as DV looks to future

11th October 2018

The premiere of a new film about Digital Voice’s popular new services was part of celebrations of 10 years of helping people to cross the digital divide with displays, screenings, two free workshops and a rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” from the Canny Chanters choir.

Gateshead’s mayor joined community groups, project supporters and the DV team to share information on pioneering work and enjoy birthday cakes. Surprise presentations of environmentally-friendly wooden tablet holders were made to people who have supported the social enterprise over its first decade.

Gateshead Mayor Jill Green said: “The council shares Digital Voice’s commitment to use exciting and powerful ways to give people a voice.” She praised the award-winning DigitalMe service, which gives a voice to people who are often vulnerable and ignored, as a “a great example of how communities, local authorities and local organisations working in partnership can really achieve change and improve lives.” DigitalMe worked with Gateshead’s Children’s Services to pioneer an exciting new approach supporting looked-after children to use tablets to speak frankly about how to improve their life chances.

Also under the spotlights were the LifeBooks projects, used by people of all ages to capture personal stories – increasingly used in partnerships with health groups to tackle dementia – and the inTouch, iSkills, DigiTale and GeoStories services.

Making the presentations, DV Director founder Julie Nicholson thanked supporters over the past decade for helping services reach more than 5,000 people. Recipients were Chris Hulme and Ednie Wilson (Gateshead Council), Steve McKay, Tara Farley and everyone at Winlaton Base, Andrew Rothwell and Lynn Campbell (Newcastle Council), Monjer Rashid (a Digital Voice volunteer since day one) and Lou Green, Robin Cowings and Ronnie Johnston who have been with DV since before the start!

The celebration event was held in Chopwell Community Centre, the new base for the social enterprise. Chair of the centre’s committee Councillor Michael McNestry launched the event and welcomed the new neighbours.

The new Digital Voice introductory film is now available on Youtube along with project examples.

And there are plenty of celebration event pictures on our Facebook page.

More news stories about projects in our area.

Gateshead Mayor Jill Green made presentations to Steve McKay, Tara Farley and everyone at Winlaton Base, Andrew Rothwell and Lynn Campbell (Newcastle Council) and Lou Green, Robin Cowings and Ronnie Johnston who've been with DV since before the start!

DV Founder Directors Julie Nicholson and Olwyn Hocking with award winner Chris Hulme of Gateshead Council’s Children’s Services – Ednie Wilson of Gateshead Council was also an award recipient.

Gateshead Mayor Jill Green does the honours!

Photography: Lou Green and Ben Holden (Videographer/Photographer Fleetfootstudios)