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Grant aids expansion of IT volunteer programme

Computer Weekly reporter

IT volunteering organisation ­IT4Communities is expanding its operations after receiving a grant from the Home Office.

Since its launch in 2002, IT4C has enabled IT professionals to help with a wide range of community activities, from building IT strategies for charities to teaching Word and Excel to charity shop staff. It currently has on its books more than 1,400 tasks across the UK that need help from volunteers with IT skills.

IT4C was launched and is run by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. It is supported by trade body Intellect, the British Computer Society, Business in the Community, Computer Weekly and Citizens Online.

Last month the organisation received a grant of £390,000 from the Home Office to expand its services.

John Davies, IT4C’s programme director, said, “We have a cost-effective model for delivering services, but with very limited resources we have not been able to reach as many voluntary sector organisations as we wanted to.

“The funding will make a significant difference, not only to IT4C, but more importantly to large numbers of charities and community groups who will now be able to benefit from the expertise of IT professionals.”

More information www.it4communities.org.uk

Examples of volunteer opportunities

Flintshire: An group that provides services to local charities needs help setting up and integrating a printer.

Glasgow: A charity that provides training courses would like a skilled volunteer to teach the trainers how to manage a new PC suite.

Grimsby: A charity for the blind needs a skilled volunteer to help train blind people to use computers.

Mid Glamorgan: A children’s charity wants training and support for a new PC system.

London: A charity promoting community access to live orchestral music wants help setting up a virtual private network.

London: A charity providing rehabilitation for survivors of torture needs help with its e-marketing strategy.

Reading: A charity for the homeless wants help getting a number of donated PCs to work efficiently.

Worcester: A charity for young people wants a volunteer to help develop a website.


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