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Winners of the first Charity Learning Awards announced

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The winners of the first Charity Learning Awards were celebrating their success this evening, when they were presented with their trophies at the Charity Learning Conference in London.

Charity Learning Awards winners
Charity Learning Awards winners 

Martin Baker, the CEO and founder of The Charity Learning Consortium, first brought a pilot group of charities together to share the cost of eLearning back in 2003. He has long dreamt of holding a Charity Learning Conference and Awards. Now with 100 charities in the Consortium, this was the year to launch it - and the dream became a reality today at a packed Charity Learning Conference, attended by 100 charity representatives and guests, all with an interest in learning and development in the charity sector.

In front of this enthusiastic audience, Martin Baker was thrilled to announce the winners of the first Charity Learning Awards - pointing out that all the members of Consortium deserve recognition for the invaluable work that they do.

The winners of the first Charity Learning Awards are as follows:

- Best means of engaging your audience: United Response
- Getting started, or restarted, on your eLearning journey: WRVS
- Best overall eLearning programme: Barnardo's

One of the respected Awards judge commented: "I've evaluated many different types of award entries over the years, but these were without doubt the most inspiring."
Several awards were also conferred on members, in recognition for their commitment to the Consortium:

- The Charity Learning Consortium Ambassador award: The Guinness Partnership
- Most engaged member of the Consortium: Macmillan Cancer Support
- Embracing the technology: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Martin Baker commented: "It's been the most phenomenal journey to get to the point where we could launch the first Charity Learning Conference & Awards. I feel immensely proud of the great Consortium team that has made this possible, and of all of our charity members, who really are an inspiration.

"Collaboration is at the very heart of The Consortium, and judging from the level of conversation in the room today, I hope that we have facilitated even more collaborative working amongst our members."

Pictured left to right above are:
Wendy Stanley, Head of Membership, The Charity Learning Consortium;
Niall Julian, eLearning Developer, Learn Zone, Macmillan Cancer Support;
Richard Bragg, Learning and Development Partner, WRVS;
Sharon Barwood, Head of Learning and Development, WRVS;
Mike Woods, IS Learning and Development Consultant, Barnardo’s;
Lisa Johnson, Assistant Director Information Services, Learning and Communication, Barnardo’s;
John LeRossignol, Learning Resources Manager, RNLI, The Lifeboat College;
Martin Baker, CEO and founder, The Charity Learning Consortium

Note to editors:
Further information about the individual awards and the charities that won them will be published imminently.
Photographs will also be circulated, and are also available on request.