Norfolk wins digital challenge regional round

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 09:11 GMT Jump to Comments

The Norfolk County Strategic Partnership is one step closer to winning a £7m national prize, after being named regional winner of a scheme to help disadvantaged people through new technology.

The Norfolk bid for Digital Challenge has collected £200,000 as one of 10 regional winners who will now develop their proposals further for a national prize to be announced in December. On its way to become the regional winner Norfolk saw off bids from nearly 70 other authorities across the country.

The Digital Challenge is a government sponsored competition to find ways to use electronic means to help people in disadvantaged groups.

And it doesn't just include the internet. The challenge can include using texts to mobile phones, information on digital television and other means.

It is also means supporting organisations who work with disadvantaged groups to use computers and the internet more effectively for their clients.

“We are determined that we will use the money we have won so far to get real benefit for local people so we still win even if we do not secure the national prize,” said John Alston, chair of the Norfolk County Strategic Partnership

“Organisations in Norfolk have already done a great deal of work in partnership to develop the use of Information and Communications Technologies in a way that benefits service users, and we have been very successful in getting government and European funds to do so." said Colin Bland, Chief Executive of Broadland District Council, who along with Norfolk County Council e-services Officer Tim Anderson collected the regional winners trophy and the cash prize today on behalf of the Norfolk County Strategic Partnership.

“We will use this as a way of improving the lives of people in Norfolk along the priorities we have agreed in Norfolk Ambition, our Community Strategy and the Local Area Agreement.” he added.

The Norfolk bid - called My Norfolk - would allow people and organisations to have quick and easy access to the full range of services from public and voluntary organisations to meet their needs and interests. It would also support voluntary and community groups to help those they work with access those services.

Organisations who want to become involved in the project can keep touch with developments and have an opportunity to become involved by emailing Tim Anderson at tim.anderson@norfolk.gov.uk

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Notes for editors

Find out more about Digital Challenge at www.digital-challenge.gov.uk or look at the Norfolk bid by going to http://www.norfolkambition.gov.uk/norfolkambition-news/documents/norfolk_bid.doc where you can download the prospectus and see details of the other bidders and winners.

Find out more about Norfolk Ambition and the work of the County Strategic Partnership on www.norfolkambition.gov.uk.

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