On Thursday, 5 July, Shaping Portsmouth’s Bridging Portsmouth’s Digital Divide programme, which is led by Hasmukh "Husky" Patel and delivered alongside Portsmouth City Council, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, and HIVE Portsmouth, won the Partnership Award at the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2021.
The award recognises two or more organisations who have worked together on a project or initiative that has made a difference in their school or college.
Launched in the midst of lockdown last year, Bridging Portsmouth's Digital Divide has been providing devices such as laptops and iPads to the city's schools to ensure their students have access to the technology they need to enable their home learning, during the pandemic and beyond.
Patel said: "It’s an honour to be part of this great team and programme. Thank you all who have donated, helped, spread the word and supported the programme. Without you all this would not have been possible. Please keep those devices coming as the need is still there."
Stef Nienaltowski, CEO of Shaping Portsmouth, said: "I wanted to add my own congratulations to that of others, for the work Husky Patel and the whole team have put in on the Bridging Portsmouth's Digital Divide programme. The award they received from Teach Portsmouth was testament to Husky's leadership and the commitment of the people of Portsmouth."
About Shaping Portsmouth
Shaping Portsmouth is a not-for-profit company whose vision is to make Portsmouth the UK’s Number 1 City in which to invest, live, learn, work and visit. By bringing business, education and the community together we are delivering real change.
Working in the city since 2010, Shaping Portsmouth is the only organisation with the leadership and all-round experience to effectively deliver the programmes required by the many communities within the city.
With 803 businesses, 650 local ambassadors and 175 active volunteers working with and for the organisation, it is a network of experienced change making professionals and dedicated members, focused on impacting change and encouraging growth to the area.
Pictured: Programme leader Hasmukh “Husky” Patel delivers 12 iPads to headteacher Rebecca Herbert at Cumberland Infant School