Lancashire County Council’s Cultural Services team has won a prestigious national award for helping families use and enjoy digital technology in libraries across the county.
The Toshiba Digital Discoverers Award for the best Family Learning Festival event was presented at a special reception at the House of Lords.
The Toshiba Digital Discoverers Award was presented to Gill Brailey and Carolyn Waite from Lancashire County Council by Daniel Perkin from Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd and Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Learning.
The council’s award-winning activities used the storytelling website Storybird to promote families’ understanding and use of digital technology.
The activities were run as part of last year’s Family Learning Festival, which is co-ordinated nationally by the charity Campaign for Learning.
The Family Learning Festival takes place in October every year and involves thousands of community-led activities for families across the country.
Gill Brailey, who co-ordinated the Festival activities across Lancashire Libraries, said:“We recognise the importance and enormous value of families working and learning together. “Storybird gave us the opportunity to encourage different generations to work together and engage with each other.
“Each member of the family was able to offer a skill; using the computer, choosing the words and images, and suggesting ideas to develop the story.
“We’ve seen how activities like this can raise self-confidence in young people and create independence in older adults.”
Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Learning, said:“Lancashire County Council’s Cultural Services are deserving winners of this Award.
“Their digital activities were impressive. They brought families in to learn new things together, explore digital technology and discover the benefits of being online.
“It’s fun and engaging opportunities like this which make a huge difference to families and communities.”
Daniel Perkin, PS Solutions and Programme Manager at Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd, who sponsored the Digital Discoverers Award said: “Toshiba were happy to support this award as it demonstrates the changing world that we live in, and that learning can be done at any age and happens as much out of the classroom as in it.
“Lancashire Libraries have not only identified this but embraced it, supporting participants to develop as a family in this digital world. They were worthy winners.”
The Toshiba Digital Discoverers Award was presented at a special reception at the House of Lords to mark this year’s Family Learning Festival.
The reception was hosted by Lord Dholakia, patron of the Campaign for Learning.
Among the guests were representatives from business, local government, national organisations working with families and central government.
For more information about the Family Learning Festival, visit www.familylearningfestival.com.