The Community Impact Award is open to any individual or organisation that use computers and the internet to help people overcome disadvantage in your area. This could be through their daily work, or through one specific project. We’re looking for people that work tirelessly for change, and really make a difference to their community.

It could be that they have identified problems in their community, and set out to overcome specific disadvantages through the use of technology. We’re looking for inspiring stories, we want to hear about people that you know that inspire you and those around you to achieve social change.

In 2011 we awarded the Community Impact Award to Starting Point, a community-based cybercafé and learning centre that began as a family-run fish and chip shop, and grew to transforming a shopping centre in Stockport. Watch this video to find out more about how a fish and chip shop turned into a learning centre that run IT sessions, a mentoring scheme and offer employment skills to the local community.

In 2012 we chose the Stroke Survivors Group for their inspiring work in the local community. Meeting each week, they support local stroke survivors as they relearn computer skills, like sending emails or using a mouse. Not only do the group’s members relearn computer skills, they also have the chance to make new friends. You can find out more about the Stroke Survivors group over on their website.

2013’s winners were Self Help Services, for their delivery of Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Services, to over 1500 people across Greater Manchester. Access to CBT services can often be too expensive for many people, but Self Help Services provided access to this effective treatment for common mental health problems to over 1500 people across Greater Manchester in 2013. Find out more about Self Help Services on their website.

You can use the forms on this site to nominate an individual or organisation for the Community Impact Award in this year’s Tech4Good Awards – you’ve got until May 6th to let us know who you think should be celebrated.