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I.T.'s the best - Doncaster Federation of Tenants' and Residents' Associations has won a prestigious national award...
I.T.'s the best - Doncaster Federation of Tenants' and Residents' Associations has won a prestigious national award for its website.

The federation has been awarded the Martyn Leighton Memorial Award for Tenant Website Design and Development, for good practice in providing an accessible and informative resource for their local community.

The annual award has been created by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) under the Participation Into Practice (PIP) Award 2001 for Winning Websites.

Only websites designed by a member of the group and not by external designers were eligible to enter the competition, with Doncaster Federation of Tenants' and Residents' Association's site- designed by federation volunteers Dave Allott and Bob Lyons. The site is also linked to Doncaster Community Website.

The judges awarded the Doncaster site for successfully combining both simplicity and clarity of design with provision of good, and well researched information. It was also highlighted for providing a good amount of local information, a regular newsletter, an advice page and details of all affiliated member tenants' associations.

The federation was presented with a cheque for£100 and a certificate at the TPAS' annual conference in Birmingham last weekend. They also took part in workshops and discussed how they set up their websites and how the local community has benefited from it.

Based in the Council House at the Haywood Room, the federation, which represents 68 tenants and resident associations across the borough, was set up to provide people living on Doncaster's council estates with the opportunity to work closely with Doncaster MBC, local members and other organisations.

The award was named in memory of Martyn Leighton the TPAS' IT supervisor who died tragically earlier this year. There were two awards given this year with the Doncaster group winning the Federation/Umbrella Group Award with the Tenant Group Award going to Oriel Estate Residents Association in Hounslow.

Lynn Ralph, chair of the federation, who is also a co-opted member of Doncaster MBC's environment, health and housing board, said of the award: 'This is a real honour. Both Dave and Bob have worked extremely hard to provide a website packed with information to help tenants and residents across the borough.'

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