After ACE IT’s success in winning the Best Development Project award in the Nominet Best Practice Challenge 2008, we were delighted to be invited by Nominet to apply to enter this year’s challenge.
Nominet recognises – “Those organisations groups or individuals who have embraced the challenge of making the Internet a secure, open, accessible or diverse experience for all”.
For this year’s event ACE IT decided to highlight the outstanding work undertaken by everyone involved in the ‘Moose in the Hoose’ project. A project aimed at introducing benefits of computers and the Internet to those living in Care Homes and attending Day Care Centres across Edinburgh.
ACE IT were thrilled to be shortlisted as a finalist under the Best Development Project, which this year also included the BBC World Service Trust, Digital Birmingham , Rafi.Ki and Citizens Online.
Jenny Ridge, ACE IT’s Chief Executive said. “This year the competition is even tougher than last year, if that’s possible! Nominet have acknowledged that the entries they received were of an exceptionally high standard, which has made their shortlist selection a very challenging task”.
The 2009 Nominet judging panel said… “ACE IT was a well regarded project that deserves a wider application and audience”
The award ceremony was hosted on the 2nd July at the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, London. A blisteringly hot morning saw Jenny Ridge of ACE IT, Pat Bryson, ACE IT’s Coordinator for the Moose in the Hoose project and Rachel Henry, Volunteer Coordinator/ Development officer, The City of Edinburgh Council’s Health and Social Care Department board a train to London.
On the night – The Banqueting House, one of London’s most spectacular gathering places, was filled with organisations, agencies and charities which combined are working to shape and develop the Internet for communities around the world.
Speaking prior to the event Councillor Paul Edie, Convenor of Health and Social Care said “This is an excellent initiative (ACE IT), well deserving of an award. Keeping our residents active and interested is a key priority for us, as is the wellbeing and physical and mental health of all who live in our care homes. ACE IT is a major contributor in helping the Council to achieve these aims.” John Storey, Older People and Age Team, Scottish Government said “Well done! Whatever the outcome, it is a great achievement to have been short listed 2 years in a row.”
Jenny Ridge went on to say “All of us at ACE IT are very proud just to have been short listed – it really is fantastic achievement and everyone should be congratulated for their commitment, enthusiasm and passion for our work”