Pictured Left to Right in the photo are:
Kayleigh Smith, Online Learning Designer, Addaction
Nicola Tyzack, Organisational Development Administrator, National Autistic Society
Martin Baker, Chief Executive, Charity Learning Consortium
Monica Gomes, Product Development Officer, Shaw Trust
Laura Skilton, Flexible Learning Specialist, Cats Protection
Stella O’Neill, L&D Project Manager, CRI

The winners of the Charity Learning Awards 2015 were announced today,  with inspirational stories of creating resources with little or no budget, and a clever use of blended resources catching the judges eyes. Read on to find out who is celebrating!

Every year the Charity Learning Awards judges are more than impressed with the stories of creativity and determination that entrants have used to create learning resources on a shoestring budget. But in this year’s submissions, two stories of creating ‘more for less’ really shone:

Stella O’Neill at CRI (the Crime Reduction Initiatives charity) was faced with a seemingly impossible task: with no budget for resources and a tight, two month deadline she had to ensure that 3,000 staff were compliant in information security. In a great example of collaboration, with practical help from mentors and support from the eLearning community, she created a module which scooped the prize for ‘Best eLearning programme.’

Also with no budget, Nicola Tyzack from the National Autistic Society used her imagination to create a multimedia mix of online resources to engage and support eLearners. Judges of the Charity Learning Awards 2015 were so impressed by her results, the charity won the award for the ‘Best use of resources’. The National Autistic Society also won the award for the ‘Most effective use of Moodle for blended learning’, after seamlessly integrating the online Toolkit for Managers into the charity’s learning management system, to great effect.

Other award winners also showed their prowess in using, creating and marketing eLearning, to engage with learners and achieve demonstrable results:

Laura Skilton helped create an engaging eLearning activity at Cats Protection, which is helping the UK’s leading cat charity save vital resources, empower staff and help meet the organisation’s vision. The short eLearning activity achieved all of that, and won the Charity Learning Award 2015 for the ‘Best eLearning module design’.

At Shaw Trust, the UK’s largest provider of employment services for disabled and disadvantaged people, Anand Yagnik has established eLearning as an invaluable means of engaging hard to reach customers. The charity’s blended approach, which includes coaching and one on one assessment, also uses eLearning to successfully support its clients into the workplace. The charity won the award for ‘Organisational buy-in: Raising the L&D profile.’

Martin Baker, founder and CEO of the Charity Learning Consortium was full of praise for the efforts of everyone who took part: “It’s great to see our members really making a difference, with demonstrable results, not just in engaging staff but by changing their behaviours. Congratulations to all our winners, huge thanks to everyone who submitted an entry, and kudos to all the unsung eLearning heroes out there who don’t get the recognition they so richly deserve.”

And the Charity Learning Awards 2015 winners are:
National Autistic Society – won two awards, one for Best use of resources and the other for Most effective use of Moodle for blended @autism
CRI – Best eLearning programme @CRI_Tweets
Cats Protection – Best eLearning Module design @CatsProtection
A silver award was presented to Addaction @AddactionUK
Shaw Trust – won the award for Organisational buy-in: Raising the L&D profile @ShawTrust
A silver award was also given to CRI.

Notes for Editors
Photographs and individual stories of success will be available shortly, along with a video about the work being done by Shaw Trust. Please contact Susie Finch if you can help publicise the great work that our members do to support the skills needs of their staff and volunteers. Email sfinch@charitylearning.org or call 01453 768855 or 07478 500 757

About the Charity Learning Consortium
The Charity Learning Consortium enables cost effective, quality eLearning to be offered to more than 500,000 staff and volunteers across the third sector in the UK – engaging staff that more traditional learning & development may not reach.
Consortium members save twice as much money on L&D compared to non-members in the sector; are twice as likely to report positive changes in staff behaviour and almost three times more likely to report that using learning technologies has improved their organisation’s productivity.
More than 120 charities, housing associations and not for profits already benefit from collaborating with our unique organisation. To find out more go to www.charitylearning.org, connect with us on twitter @charitylearning, or email info@charitylearning.org. We also love to chat, so do please give us a call on 08451 707 702