JENNY WILLOTT MP CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF 2013 DIGITAL HEROES AWARD FOR WALES

November 4, 2013 4:56 PM

RoathCardiff.net

Jenny Willott MP for Cardiff Central has congratulated Roath-based website RoathCardiff.net as they have been named the winners of the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award for Wales, for using digital technology to aid their local community or to help others.

The group received the most votes in Wales and earlier this week they joined 11 other regional winners at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons in London. Matt Appleby, Geraldine Nichols, Huw Thomas and Nicole Rugman help run Roathcardiff.net, a hyper local news and community resource for Roath, Cardiff. They encourage local contributions and participation via twitter, guest posts, community news and the RoathPeople feature. The team write and edit blog posts, manage the development of the blog and run its varied community activities.

Local Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott said: "This is wonderful news and I'd like to congratulate the team on this achievement and all the work they do for the local community. It takes a huge amount of work to create a website like this and I'd like to congratulate the authors on having all of their hard work recognised. The website plays a really important role in the local community."

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in association with Citizens Online, is the only awards of its kind to celebrate people who use digital technology to help their communities. Now in its sixth year, it has helped over 60 different projects across the country. All 12 regional winners were judged by a panel which included TalkTalk Chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and Mirror Editor-in-Chief Lloyd Embley.

Following the announcement that he had won his regional heat, Matt said: "This is amazing news for RoathCardiff.net. It will secure our future and ensure that we can focus all our energies on improving and expanding on what we do to support our activities in Roath - it's our second birthday this weekend and this is the best possible present! There's a small team of four of us behind the blog, but we've got big plans now. We're already underway with a new, more accessible design for the website, plan to launch a scheme to promote local independent businesses and also develop new ways to reach out to people and communities who may not yet be online to offer help through our Social Media Surgeries.

We are so grateful for the support we've had all of the groups, businesses and communities that we work with in Roath and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted."

Dido Harding, TalkTalk CEO, said: "We were delighted to see so many deserving causes in this year's TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, and would like to congratulate Matt, as well as our other 11 regional winners. It is important to recognise the inspirational work that people like Matt do around the UK, and TalkTalk are proud to support these Awards."

Baroness Lane-Fox, Go ON UK Chair said: "One in five UK adults still doesn't have the Basic Online Skills to enjoy the web's huge and varied benefits. "Initiatives such as TalkTalk's Digital Heroes Awards are vital for celebrating and showcasing the amazing people and projects boosting digital skills across the UK. As always, this year's Heroes are truly outstanding. Each and every one has made an extraordinary impact by sharing digital skills and we hope their stories inspire even more like them."

John Fisher, Chief Executive of Citizens Online, said: "The competition helps shine a light on some very innovative projects."

The Twitter hashtag for the awards is #digitalheroes.

To see a short video of the amazing work that Matt and the Roath Cardiff team do please see here: http://youtu.be/RSIBZte_j48

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