Nominet Best Practice Challenge Award July 2008

ACE IT (Age Concern Edinburgh Information Technology) wins major UK award -The Nominet Best Practice Challenge Award July 2008 ACE IT are proud to announce this award in the Best Development Project category – “The judges felt that this was a very positive project that focuses on a real need and succeeds in managing complex partnerships to achieve its goals.”

From left – Rt Hon Alun Michael, Chair of Judges Nominet Best Practice Challenge 2008 Jenny Ridge – Chief Executive Age Concern Edinburgh Information Technology (ACE IT) Karen Banks – Best Development Project Judging Panel & Bob Gilbert Chair of Nominet

The awards ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Wednesday 9 July recognised trade organisations, blue chip companies and charities for their innovative and creative Internet projects. Other winners included Barclays Bank, Internet Watch Foundation, Get Safe Online, Common Knowledge, YouthNet and the British Library Winning entries will be promoted as demonstrations of best practice to industry, government, academia and in the media both in the UK and internationally. They will also be invited to take a leading role in the UK preparatory meeting for Internet Governance Forum India.

PoL Steele & Jenny Ridge of ACE IT

Jenny Ridge Chief Executive of ACE IT says “We started our main Computer Training Project for the 50 + group 7 years ago and I’m absolutely thrilled and extremely proud to win this award. It’s great to see older people embracing technology and the Internet so keenly. It is thanks to everyone involved – another great achievement for team ACE IT!”

I’m also very grateful for the numerous congratulatory messages that have come in from all parts of Edinburgh and around the world…..

Paul Edie, Convener for Health and Social Care at the City of Edinburgh Council said: “It is fantastic that ACE IT has been successful in winning a national award. This award highlights the excellent partnership working between the City of Edinburgh Council and the voluntary sector. Edinburgh truly is a city for all ages and the projects that ACE IT run, with their emphasis towards generations working together, further highlight this. I would like to congratulate all those involved.”

Fantastic recognition of all your hard work”

Fantastic news – recognition for your tireless work – I’m very proud to be part of it”

This is all down to your hard work, inspiration and encouragement!”

“Congratulations. That is fantastic news!!!!!
It is a credit to all your hard work as well as all your committed staff and volunteers”

“Well deserved to win this award and get the recognition of your hard work and effort. The wonders of internet – we can keep in touch and hear good news wherever we are in the world!”

“Another fabulous success”

“Congratulations this is much deserved”

“You must be so delighted and proud of this achievement. It’s fantastic news”

Many thanks also to Sarah Boyack MSP and Mike Pringle MSP who have both motioned a table in Parliament in support of ACE IT and the Award Rt Hon Alun Michael MP,Chair of Judges, Nominet Best Practice Challenge 2008 said “I am proud to be celebrating so many examples of best practice within the UK Internet industry and look forward to highlighting their good work at the Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad in December. The winning entries are sure to spark lively discussions and add substance to the international policy debate” The award highlights ACE IT’s work within the City of Edinburgh and beyond

  • Our main Computer Training Project for the 50 + group has now trained nearly 3000 older people to use a computer and the Internet
  • Edinburgh Silver Surfers – ex ACE IT learners who went on to build their own web site and still meet every week to update it with views and reviews concerning older people
  • Moose in the Hoose Project – a project involving the use of computers and the Internet by care home residents in Edinburgh
  • Intergenerational work within the city –

ACE IT is part funded by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Children & Families department and the Moose in the Hoose project is part funded by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Health & Social Care department, for which we are extremely grateful

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