Top Five Free Tools?

There are plenty of free productivity tools that are available to help you be more efficient and effective. This Top Five is picked up from Simon Duncan, ICT Champion for Yorkshire and Humber and is a great list to uncover some gems you may not know about.  Continue Reading »


Do you know a Digital hero who deserves £5,000? TalkTalk, in association with Citizens Online and The Daily Mirror, are launching the Digital Heroes Awards 2010 to find this years UK Digital Heroes. The Awards will be recognise outstanding individuals using the power of the internet to implement bright ideas which bring about positive social change. Nominations are open now until 30 September 2010. Continue Reading »

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The Charity Commission is consulting on plans to make a range of its services accessible online or by email only. They would like to hear views from charity trustees, employees and advisers about the first stage, the withdrawal of paper forms for Annual Returns and Annual Updates for the financial year ending 1st January 2011 onwards. Paper-based forms for registering as a charity are planned to be withdrawn from April 2011 – in August, 83% of charity registration applications were submitted online. Continue Reading »

The Internet Advertising Bureau is a trade association for online advertising industry and has produced a number of excellent FREE guides that explains why search engines are so important when trying to reach your target audience. Although you may think of the internet as the preserve of the big brands the set includes an easy to use guide for charities that could be useful for anyone building an online fundraising strategy.

Download the Guide from the IAB website at http://bit.ly/clqVzg

Microsoft has announced funding of up to £85,000 available for training in e-skills. See below for details and download the form at the end of the post.

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Downing Street beckons

So the Prime Minister has invited me to Downing Street today (Monday). Maybe it sounds better if I say ‘summoned’, or perhaps it should be ‘bizarrely’? Whatever it is I will be there because Martha Lane Fox is launching a ‘Manifesto for a Networked Nation’. She’s the Government’s Digital Champion,  responsible for all things relating to Digital Inclusion and has a campaign to get everyone online called Race Online 2012. See details at www.raceonline2012.org.uk Continue Reading »

A new one day course on 2 June will include a practical social media surgery to help build confidence in use of social media websites and show how local groups benefit from the latest social media tools.Just about everyone has heard of Facebook and Twitter, but do you know how they can help community development, not for profit organisations and volunteer groups?