The Lambeth e-Learning Foundation (LeLF) won a major award on Thursday 14th July at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) Convention on e-Innovation. The award was in the e-Learning category in recognition of the work undertaken with Lambeth Council and leading web design and build company Fortune Cookie in developing community portals for Hemans and Hainthorpe housing estates and delivering training to hard-to-reach groups.

Collecting the Award from government minister Jim Fitzpatrick, LeLF Chief Executive Officer John Abbey commented “We are delighted with the response to, and results of, the project to date and we’re determined that LeLF will remain at the forefront in bridging the digital divide in Lambeth.”

The Award followed a visit to a training evening by a senior ODPM official, Steve Dodson, who was impressed by the work undertaken on the two estates.

Estate residents from Hemans and Hainthorpe were involved in designing the site and choosing the content to ensure it met their needs and wishes. Young people at Hainthorpe got involved in their own area of the site, called Jazz It. One really innovative project that has spun off from the website development is the young people wanting to make a black on black gun crime video documentary that will be added to the site. This user involvement will ultimately lead to handing the project over to be managed by residents and is key to the project’s success.

The two award-winning websites are now live and can be viewed on the links below.

Hainthorpe Estate Website
http://www.hainthorpe.org.uk

The Hemans Estate Website
http://www.hemans.org.uk

Lambeth Link-Up has many benefits from enabling hard to reach groups to access the internet, developing innovative educational courses for younger residents such as video production and web design and enabling people to access council services that matter to them far more effectively.

For more information on the Lambeth E-Learning Foundation please visit http://www.lelf.org.uk/Link-Up.cfm

Published on: 12:00AM on 20th July 2005