Charities get an IT boost as number of registered volunteers tops 4,500

So far this year more than 500 IT professionals have registered with IT4Communities to volunteer their IT expertise and to help their local communities and charities.

So far this year more than 500 IT professionals have registered with IT4Communities to volunteer their IT expertise and to help their local communities and charities.

That takes the total number of IT professionals registered with the industry's volunteer matching service to more than 4,500 since IT4Communities was set up with Computer Weekly's support in 2002.

Speaking during last week's National Volunteering Week, IT4Communities programme director John Davies said, "This is another major milestone for us. We celebrated £2m of value, in terms of volunteers' time, at our fourth anniversary just before Christmas last year, and we now celebrate another big increase during the first half of this year."

IT4Communities acts as a clearing house and a source of advice both to IT professional volunteers and also to charities wanting to take on their services.

Set up by City of London livery company The Information Technologists Company, IT4Communities has brought much needed structure to the process of volunteering, and several hundred projects have been completed successfully.

In 2005, IT4Communities joined up with four other charities - the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, AbilityNet, and the London Advice Services Alliance - to form the ICT Hub to support the effective use of IT across the voluntary sector.

The ICT Hub received £400,000 funding from the Home Office to support its activities.

www.it4communities.org.uk

Volunteer your IT skills to help a charitable project

Have you ever thought of volunteering your IT expertise and experience to help your local community or a charity?

Hundreds of charities across the UK have registered with IT4Communities looking for help with their IT systems.

The organisation, which is particularly active in helping smaller, local projects, can match your skills to a suitable scheme in your area. Even if you only have a few hours to spare, IT4Communities can enable your efforts to be used to maximum effect.

It also provides advice and support to volunteers and charities to ensure that the relationship is enjoyable and rewarding for everyone involved.

www.it4communities.org.uk >>

What is the Information Technologists Company?

Part of a centuries-old City of London tradition, the Information Technologists Company is a body of 650 senior IT professionals dedicated to generating effective IT-related activities in education and charity, such as IT4Communities. It also facilitates high-level interaction across industry and the City.

The organisation became a City livery company 15 years ago, as the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Last year the name Information Technologists Company was adopted for general external usage, with the original name now reserved for certain formal internal occasions.

www.wcit.org.uk

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