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IT professionals needed for voluntary projects

There was a solid response from readers in early January when we last drew attention to IT4Communities, the organisation that matches volunteer IT professionals with charities that need help with their technology systems.

Following our article, the number of IT professionals on the volunteers register grew significantly, and the total is now in excess of 1,500. IT4Communities a growing list of UKcharities and community projects on its books. All are seeking IT help.

Several professional IT bodies are involved, including suppliers' organisation Intellect, the British Computer Society, Business in the Community, Citizens Online, and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Computer Weekly has backed the initiative from its inception 15 months ago.

There are more than 670 needy projects registered with IT4Communities. One example is a young persons' counselling service which needs a web designer to update and redevelop its website and assist it in becoming proficient in maintaining it.

Another is a northern family support charity looking for a volunteer to help create a website, provide advice on hosting/visibility on search engines, and train charity staff so that they can run the site themselves.

One charity providing assistance to ex-offenders needs a volunteer to help it build extranet access to internal services and advise on security issues surrounding this.

In addition to individual volunteers, IT4Communities is seeking corporate involvement from organisations that may wish to benefit from the team bonding opportunities such charitable volunteering offers.

If you are interested in using your IT skills to help your local community, contact the national director of IT4Communities, Simon Davey

E-mail: simon@it4communities.org.uk

Web: www.it4communities.org.uk

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