A Leeds woman’s efforts to help her neighbours get online has earned her praise and an award from the Prime Minister.
Seacroft’s Joanne Curtis first become involved in community work when friend Nicola Greenan set up the LS14 Trust to try a revitalise the area.
She went on to launch the Digital Lounge Work Club which helps people back into work and gives free access to computers and the internet.
More than 1,000 people have been helped to go online thanks to Joanne’s efforts which have now been recognised with an award from the Prime Minister.
Joanne said: “I was chuffed to bits when I was told I was going to receive a Point Of Light Award. It’s a great feeling to be recognised for the work we do.
“ Winning the award means a great deal to myself and the LS14 Trust and its members and goes to show that being a volunteer has its rewards, the most important reward of all is of personal achievement. “I would like to thank Nicola and all the Trustees for giving me the best opportunity in my working life.”
The award was presented to Joanne in Seacroft today by Civil Society Minister Nick Hurd.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Not only has Joanne transformed her own life through volunteering, by setting up the digital lounge she has got over a thousand people online in her community.
“Joanne’s vision and hard work has made a real difference in helping people to get into work and I am delighted to be making Joanne a Point of Light.”