Digital Charity of the Year

The Charity Sector has been behind other sectors in embracing Digital Transformation despite the strong evidence of its benefits. This award is for charities or non-profit organisations who have in the last year demonstrated the transformative power of digital to change themselves or their services to their beneficiaries.

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SpecialEffect

This year, SpecialEffect celebrates its 10th year of enabling disabled gamers to enjoy the magic and inclusion of video games
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SpecialEffect

SpecialEffect uses technology to enhance the quality of life of disabled people by helping them to communicate and experience the magic and inclusion of video games. We help anyone, whatever disability, to enjoy games and play with friends and family on a level playing field.

This year, SpecialEffect celebrates its 10th year of enabling disabled gamers to enjoy the magic and inclusion of video games. Our team of occupational therapists and technology experts work tirelessly with disabled individuals across the UK to find the best ways for them to play with whatever movement they have available. We then modify, adopt and create hardware and software in accordance with their physical abilities. Every year we enable hundreds of disabled gamers to compete on a level playing field in a digital world that they had previously only been able to dream of. This year will see SpecialEffect launch our Global Games Room project. A web based facility that will open a world of digital gaming to disabled gamers across the globe. Starting with a selection of slower strategy games such as chess and Connect 4, we'll develop our library of online games to faster moving action games. This means using their own modified hardware, disabled people around the world can come together to compete against each other or against able-bodied opponents. Using cutting edge digital technology and our experience and expertise, we'll open up a world of joy and inclusion to a global audience of disabled gamers.

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Bristol Braille Technology CIC

Bristol Braille Technology has developed Canute: radically affordable, multiline Braille e-reader
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Bristol Braille Technology CIC

We believe technology can provide convenience and agility to all people's living standard. However, the Blind community has not yet experienced what technology can provide to their basic living needs, for example, education. As a not-for-profit company, Bristol Braille Technology and a blind community group called the Braillists, which has a national membership of over 250 Braille readers, have co-developed Canute for 5 years. Canute will transform single line Braille e-reader to multi-line Braille e-reader in a radically affordable way. We will launch our first product to the market in 2017.  We believe DL100 is a powerful website not only to find the digital trend in the world but to raise the awareness of what the digital trend can help people.

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360Giving

360Giving aims is to open up all UK grants data so you can get a 360-degree view of charitable funding across the UK.
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360Giving

360Giving aims to tackle a shared problem and uses digital technology to address it. Our aim is to open up all UK grants data so you can get a 360-degree view of charitable funding across the UK.

360Giving has a mission to improve decision-making and learning around UK grantmaking, and we are leveraging digital technology to achieve this. We support funders to share information in a simple way so that anyone can easily discover who is supporting what, where and what for.

We help people publish their grants as data online in a standard format that all can find and use for free think of it as books in a public library all in the same language, organised systematically. This open data' approach allows funders to compare and contrast their work with others and grant seekers to find out who is doing what. Over the past 18 months, we've worked with 32 organisations to open up their funding data. We now have over 200,000 grants published to the 360Giving Standard, representing £8 billion of funding.

Being able to find this information in one place makes it easy to access, analyse and use the data. We have also developed online tools to encourage use by non-experts.

We are building digital into the core of UK grantmaking and hope this will lead to more and better collaboration within the sector, and to increased openness about charitable funding flows.

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Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

The IWF is a digital organisation. We work internationally to make the internet a safer place.
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Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works internationally to make the internet safer. We help victims of child sexual abuse by removing online images and videos of their abuse. We offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. We work with the internet industry to ensure access to these images is minimised globally.

In 2016, 59,550 of the reports we processed were assessed as webpages with child sexual abuse content. This figure can be further broken down as: 53% of victims were aged 10 years or younger; 2% were 2 years or younger and 47% of images were assessed as category A or B the worst abuse. Behind each image is a real child that has been abused.

In 2016, we made our Image Hash List service available to all our members in the internet industry. This is a list of unique digital fingerprints of child sexual abuse images. Our members use them to identify online images so they can be removed, and to stop them being uploaded, shared and stored.

Our list currently contains digital fingerprints of over 200,000 unique images with hundreds being added daily. For the children in the images, our Image Hash List offers real hope of eliminating the images for good.

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Age UK East London

Age UK East London is a local independent charity delivering services to older people.
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Age UK East London

Age UK East London is a local independent charity delivering services to older people mainly in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. For every £1 we raise, 82p is spent on working directly with older people in their homes, in the community and in hospitals.  

We are committed to using digital technology to improve the Care services we provide to older people so that it is both safer and more efficient. Care for the elderly is in crisis with growing need and fewer resources. Many providers have pulled out of the sector and have handed back their contracts. Age UK East London is determined to continue to provide care to those most in need and made the decision to modernise and reform our service by working with our digital partner Charity Log. In March 2017 we were awarded overall Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) placing us in the top 6% of care providers across the country. The report specifically acknowledges the advancement made by our system and new Call Round app. We hope that The CQC report will inspire other charities and service providers. We have made our service safer and more reliable for the beneficiary and by modernising the delivery we can grow and increase capacity. This means helping more older people by preserving their dignity and protecting their independence. We work closely with our digital provider to innovate and improve the software to meet the demands of our clients.

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Euan’s Guide

Euan's Guide is the disabled access review website. From cafes to cathedrals and pubs to post offices - search for accessible places, review and share your experiences
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Euan's Guide

Euan's Guide is the disabled access review website where disabled people, their friends and families can review, share and discover accessible places. Euan MacDonald who is a powerchair user, and his sister Kiki created the charity in 2013. They were looking to hear from other disabled people about new places to go, and Euan's Guide aims to be a friendly, honest and empowering alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls before visiting somewhere new. The site now has thousands of disabled access reviews and listings for places all over the UK and beyond.

Euan's Guide has been designed for individuals with a wide range of impairments and long-term conditions including (but not exclusively): Neurological, Cognitive, Sensory, Hearing, Visual and Mobility. It is equally useful for those who are connected to disabled people, such as friends, family, carers and other supporters. Euan's Guide benefits people by providing access to information written by disabled people. Peer to peer reviews increase opportunities for disabled people to visit new places and be more involved in their communities.

The award winning website has been endorsed by Professor Stephen Hawking and JK Rowling. Euan's Guide also powers Disabled Access Day.

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RNLI

Through RNLI's digital transformation they're providing the support, education and systems to reduce drowning by 50% by 2024
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RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers and crew are saving lives at sea every day. Through our digital transformation we're providing the support, education and systems to reduce drowning by 50% by 2024. We're upskilling and inspiring colleagues, empowering communities, finding new ways to listen to our supporters and building the best platforms for a thriving future.

The RNLI Digital Transformation team exists to harness the digital opportunities to drive our communities, growth and sustainability. We're at the heart of the organisation's digital projects, strategy and culture. In the past year we've created new tools to reach thousands more people, built platforms to make every journey better and, most importantly, inspired our colleagues to get the most from every digital opportunity, to learn more about digital and to put the users at the heart of everything we do. We're also giving them tools to do their jobs better, analyse their activity and collaborate more than ever. We work with passionate, driven and creative experts throughout the RNLI and we're loving helping them thrive.

What we're making

Our supporters are seeing the progress we're making throughout our channels. There's our new mobile-optimised site, with an average visit of over 2 minutes, compared with 1 and a half before. They love finding out more about what we do.

They will also have seen our opt-in campaign. As the first UK charity to take this giant step, we're devoted to respecting, learning from, and adapting for, what our supporters want from us online. We tested, reacted and targeted our work, and almost twice as many people opted-in than we'd hoped. And we're managing their data well, shaped around their preferences so they get more of what they want from us.

A year ago, supporters may have found one of over 80 microsites from different platforms,with quite different journeys. We're moving them to one platform so users know what to expect and we know their donations are going towards sustainable developments.

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UNISON

In the past year UNISON has created the first digital transformation unit of any union
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UNISON

Trade unions are behind in embracing digital transformation. However in the past year UNISON has created the first digital transformation unit of any union.  The unit oversees a two-year innovation programme focusing on strategic interventions in core areas of work representation, membership engagement, and democracy.

The aim is to prove that small digital interventions can make a major impact and build support for a more comprehensive digital transformation programme in future.

Key areas of work at present are the integration of a legacy membership database with Salesforce; building a digital engagement platform for 800+ branches and 20,000+ activists to reach, engage and involve members and supporters; trials of online ballots; a training programme for staff and branches; and developing a community of digital champions across 12 regions.

The wider trade union movement, traditionally very inward-looking, is being inspired by UNISON's example. UNISON won digital Initiative of the year at the TUC awards, presented its strategy at TUC Conference and regularly receives visitors from other unions to discuss approaches. It also sees traffic from other unions to its Digital.UNISON public-facing site.

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Sheffield Flourish

Sheffield Flourish is a community hub that enables people living with mental health conditions to find the resources and connections they need
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Sheffield Flourish

Sheffield Flourish is an innovative charity which has used a blended real life and digital approach to build a well-being community hub which supports people living with mental health conditions to find the connections and resources they need to rebuild the lives they want to lead.

Digital is used by Sheffield Flourish as an enabler to support people to share their stories and experiences, connect with and support each other, develop new skills and knowledge, access the wealth of recovery related activities in our city and to challenge stigma and culture!

180 people got involved in building the platform up to beta launch and in the first six months over 6,000 people have used the site. Around 40+ volunteers help create, edit and moderate content including 80+ stories and digital ambassadors go out into GP Practices, Care Homes, Hospital and many different community venues to help people go online and use Sheffield Flourish and other digital resources as part of managing their mental health conditions.

'I think it's kind of like a beacon in the dark, because so much is disappearing from mental health services because of all the cuts¦ to have something new and positive and vibrant appearing in that context is really amazing.

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Paisley YMCA

For 185 year Paisley YMCA has learned to meet the changing needs of the young people it serves.
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Paisley YMCA

For 185 year Paisley YMCA has learned to meet the changing needs of the young people it serves.  To be nominated as Digital Leaders 100 as Digital Charity of the Year is a culmination of a journey we have undertake and recognition of all those who have supported us along the way.

Paisley YMCA conducted a needs based assessment with young people living in Renfrewshire and found that many are experiencing high levels of digital literacy issues that act as a barrier to employment and education opportunities in later life, particularly a lack of STEM opportunities for young people aged 16+ and ready to leave secondary education and into the world of work.

Over the past year to address the above issue Paisley YMCA setup the first ever code club in Paisley, and have since launched another 3 more clubs across Renfrewshire supporting 68 young people per week to develop their code and programming skills.

Simultaneously we also develop the first mobile incubator called iEnterprise, the premise of the programme is for young people aged 11-18 to identify a need within their community and use digital technology as a tool to develop and implement their ideas. The iEnterprise programme has supported 154 young people to develop entrepreneurial activity and develop monetized sustainable community projects that make them more attractive to future employers.

Paisley YMCA is now about to launch the first maker space in the town, a DIY environment where young people gather to create, invent and build anything from robots to rockets.

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