L4A receives £500 grant in recognition of promoting online safety in nationwide awards scheme!
L4A was declared as the second runner-up in the first awards scheme celebrating online safety in the UK. Launched by internet security company, ESET, the CyberSmart Awards are the UK’s first awards scheme to recognise individuals and organisations across the country leading initiatives to educate others about Internet safety.
L4A will receive a grant of £500 worth of funding to further develop and enhance its work in promoting internet safety. L4A works one-to-one with older people in care settings to provide tailored learning opportunities, and helps Leicestershire’s older people improve their internet security awareness. Using a fleet of tablets, ereaders and FlipCams, L4A creates a safe environment where older people can learn by doing.
“We’re delighted to be declared runners up in the CyberSmart Awards 2013. We work with over 150 people weekly, man of whom can no longer read due to sight problems. Many ereaders have functions allowing this challenge to be overcome. This grant will help us enable people to keep reading using ereaders. We hope that by allowing people to access technology using ereaders, we will open a door for people to learn more about life online, including staying safe” said Fiona Smith of L4A.
“We.ve been overwhelmed with the outstanding quality and creativity of the nominations put forward for the awards. Communities up and down the UK should feel encouraged and empowered to spread the message of internet safety. The Internet has brought a multitude of benefits to every aspect of our daily lives, and it’s essential we all have the ability to navigate the online world safely” commented Paul Brooks, CEO and owner of ESET UK.