Davies & Thompson Win a Gong !

Ten UK online centres with expertise in community media have been chosen to become ‘beacons’ for the rest of the network.
Community websites

Community websites have helped people to interact, given them access to communication technologies, and r

eplaced facilities that were unavailable to them.

For example, one ‘digital village’ website in Teesside provided links to recruitment websites, Royal Mail and travel information, for people living in an area that had no JobCentre, post office or train station.

They’ll share their tips and experiences with other centres and help develop a national strategy for community and social media.

Ofcom is supporting the scheme and the ten centres were officially awarded Community Media Beacon status at a ceremony at the Ofcom London offices on Thursday, 29 January.
New media

Ofcom’s Head of Media Literacy, Robin Blake, said: ‘New technologies are empowering all of us to produce our own information, talk about the issues that matter to us, gather support and make real changes not just to our own lives but to the lives of those around us.

‘Making sure everybody, everywhere can get expert support in understanding and using those technologies is vital, and UK online centres can play a major role in opening up new

media options for more people in more communities.

‘It’s vital we capture and share best practice, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Community Media Beacons light the way for other communities.’

The ten UK online centre Community Media Beacons are Leeds Central Library, Destinations@Saltburn and Hendon 2000 in the North East, Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol, The Engine Room in Somerset, Dingle Online and Kensington Community Media Centre in the North West, Living Archive in Milton Keynes, BCB in Bradford and Foresight in Grimsby.

Pictured below are Steve Thompson of the Institute of Digital Innovation, University of Teesside & Paul Davies of Destinations @ Saltburn receiving the award from Ofcom’s Head of Media Literacy, Robin Blake.