The Community Impact Award is another one that we’ve been handing out since the beginning of the Tech4Good Awards in 2011. By celebrating the individuals and organisations that change their local community for the better, we’ve met some fantastic people over the years.
In 2014 it was WIMPS that took home the Community Impact Award, for working tirelessly to make sure that young people can get in touch with their elected representatives easily, and giving them the opportunity to learn valuable skills like film-making, interviewing and campaigning. In 2013 it was Self Help Services, in 2012 it was The Stroke Survivors and finally, in 2011, it was Starting Point.
This year we have four fantastic finalists in the running for the Community Impact Award. In no particular order, we have Peer Assist from St Giles Trust, Carers Link, JamPackedUK and Simon Community Northern Ireland. Find out more about them here, including the hashtag you need to tweet to vote:
#T4GStGilesTrust run Peer Assist, a new digital platform that has been developed to break the cycle of re-offending, poverty, homelessness and unemployment, by supporting over 15,000 people each year in prisons and the local community.
#T4GCarersLink is a local voluntary organisation for family carers, providing information, advocacy, emotional support and training for adults who care for or support a family member or friend due to illness, disability, elderly frailty or addictions.
#T4GJamPacked support the teaching of digital skills and the development of the teaching of computing, providing inspiring and engaging experiences for learners of all ages and backgrounds.
#T4GSimonCommunity is the leading homelessness charity in Northern Ireland, providing a range of services for people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home, and in 2014 they launched an app that allows members of the public to pinpoint people sleeping rough.
Visit the Finalists 2015 page to find out who made it to finals this year, and how you can vote for them to win the People’s Award. Don’t forget, any of our 27 finalists can win this Award, regardless of whether they win their category. You can tell us who you think should win by voting right here on the website, or by tweeting your chosen finalist’s unique hashtag. You can vote as many times as you like – and don’t forget to tell family, friends, colleagues and service users to vote, too. Voting will be open until 30 June.