Parliamentary Glory for World Stories

World Stories manager with MP, Andrew Selous.

KidsOut was invited to the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2013 at The House of Commons and attended yesterday afternoon to receive the award for Digital Hero for the East of England.

KidsOut’s Pam Haigh, manager of the World Stories project, was supported by Scott Dryburgh, KidsOut Ambassador and Andrew Selous MP.

Pam said: ‘I am really delighted and honoured to have been voted a regional winner as I am really proud of the project and it’s great to have such a fantastic opportunity to showcase it’.

12 regional winners from across the UK gathered at College Green for photographs and then the group proceeded to the Churchill Dining room in the House of Commons for the ceremony.

 Finalists 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. The overall winner Cyber Smile was announced and we would like to congratulate them for the fantastic work they do to help children being bullied online.

Baroness Lane Fox presented the awards, chairman of charity Go ON UK which aims to make Britain the most digitally-skilled nation, said: “TalkTalk’s Digital Heroes Awards is a vital celebration of inspirational digital champions sharing their digital skills with others in communities across the UK.”

 Pam and the World Stories project TalkTalk film was screened at the ceremony alongside other finalists’. The bespoke film can be seen here.

 KidsOut received £5,000 from to put towards the development of World Stories, following the ceremony. We would not have been able to do this without the support of volunteers up and down the country and internationally so the biggest thank you goes out to them.