This month, last year’s Community Impact award winner, Power to Connect celebrated its first birthday. Launching in April 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Power to Connect initiative helped to tackle the issue of digital poverty by making sure that families were digitally connected through lockdown and beyond.

Power to Connect was set up as a partnership between Battersea Power Station and Wandsworth Council to raise awareness of digital exclusion and to support families across Wandsworth. Power to Connect has collected, updated and delivered laptops, tablets and desktop computers to schools and community organisations in Wandsworth, throughout the last year.

Since launching and winning the Tech4Good Award, the team have collected over 1,230 unused fully working laptops, tablets and desktops, refurbished them as Google Chromebooks and donated these devices to 10 local organisations and more than 76 schools in Wandsworth.

“It was an amazing opportunity for us as a really small organisation, we were only a couple of months old when that happened. It was an amazing accolade for us to receive and really helped us grow over the following months.” Isabel Chapman from Power to Connect describes winning the Tech4Good award and what it means to her.

Get your award entries in here before the closing date on 9th May.