TalkTalk introduces Digital Heroes Awards
Tuesday 14th August 2012, by Simon White
Broadband provider TalkTalk has announced that its Digital Heroes Awards will be bigger than ever before this year.
The company runs the initiative in order to persuade people to take advantage of digital technologies in order to improve their local communities, with grants of up to £5,000 made available for non-profit ventures.
The Digital Heroes Awards are now in their fifth year and a selection of categories is available for people to choose from.
Chris Dredger of Storybook Dads was last year's winner, after using his grant to help parents in British prisons to record messages for their children. The project was then rolled out to benefit armed forces members who were serving abroad.
Michelle Overton from the charity Pozitude also used her grant to develop a smartphone application that helped young adults and teenagers living with HIV to manage their medicine regimes and hospital appointments.
These projects should aim to induce positive social change, with nominations open until September 15th and voting ongoing until Monday November 5th.
Dido Harding, chief executive at TalkTalk, said: "This year’s awards are bigger and better than ever. We have a new category for children and young people, aged 18 years and under, with the winner receiving £4,000 for their chosen charity and an Apple MacBook Air computer, and we have launched a fun competition where children aged 12 years and under can send in their drawings of what a Digital Hero might look like."
Ms Harding noted that there are many examples of excellent work carried out by the company's Digital Heroes over the last five years, adding that the business is proud to have been "the catalyst" for such efforts.
TalkTalk recently released its figures for the first quarter of 2012, announcing that a ten per cent year-on-year growth in fully unbundled customers was recorded.
Commenting on the figures, Ms Harding said that the company has enjoyed an "encouraging start to the year" and is continuing to improve its customer service.