London, July 27 : In a bid to honour social use of technology, social networking site, called SavvyChavvy, has been awarded the Catalyst Award for its work in helping young gypsy travellers communicate. Made from Chavvy, which is an old Romany word for "youth," the SavvyChavvy site helps younger travellers stay in touch and post blogs and videos about their experiences.
This site is closed to those who are not travellers and is credited with helping to gypsys change the way their community is seen
The website was one of eight projects honoured in the UK's Catalyst Awards that recognise technology used to serve communities.
The Catalyst Awards were set up to celebrate those using social media, such as the web, to keep communities together and deal with social challenges such as gang culture and poverty.
The Revolutionary award went to Wheelies - a virtual nightclub hosted in Second Life, while the David and Goliath award went to Liftshare - an online system that helps people with spare car seats find passengers.
Helen Anderson won an award for her work to bring broadband to South Witham in Lincolnshire. Anderson was inspired to take forward the project after her community was ignored by large net suppliers.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who said that such projects had huge potential to influence lives and communities, presented the awards to the winners.
"The worst of Britain can always be challenged by the best of Britain," BBC quoted him, as saying.
Catalyst Award Winners:
Community Award - SavvyChavvy
David and Goliath Award - Liftshare
Chalk and Cheese Award - FreqOUT!
Enterprise Award - Slivers of Time
Revolutionary Award - Wheelies
Self-Help Award - School of Everything
Individual Hero - Helen Anderson
People's Choice Award - Freeconomy Community