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  1. 1. [Presenter Name] [Job Title] Who are we and what do we do?
  2. 2. iT4Communities Provides: <ul><li>Free Professional IT Support for charities needing IT help </li></ul><ul><li>IT volunteering opportunities for IT Professionals to enhance their skills and get them out the office </li></ul><ul><li>IT Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Servers & Networks </li></ul><ul><li>IT Buying Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Database Development </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>...and more! </li></ul>Our Volunteers help with:
  3. 3. Where Do We Come From? <ul><li>iT4Communities is a programme of the Information Technologists’ Company – the 100 th City of London Livery Company </li></ul><ul><li>Set up in 2002 and delivered £2.75 million worth of IT services to the third sector so far </li></ul><ul><li>The Information Technologists’ Company members are all senior IT professionals who joined to give something back to the IT sector and the wider community </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who Do We Help? <ul><li>Charities or charitable organisations such as community organisations, social enterprises etc. </li></ul><ul><li>UK based organisations (work can be carried out overseas) </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations who need IT help and support </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, we help the whole Voluntary and Community Sector! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who are iT4C’s Volunteers? <ul><li>Our volunteers are all IT Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>We ask that they have: </li></ul><ul><li>One year's IT experience with relevant IT qualifications OR </li></ul><ul><li>Three years' IT experience without relevant qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>We have 5,000 Volunteers on our database </li></ul><ul><li>All have different skills and different reasons for sharing their time and talent </li></ul>
  6. 6. Where are iT4C’s Volunteers? <ul><li>Our volunteers come from all over the UK </li></ul><ul><li>They are concentrated in urban areas </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 5,000 volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>There are 2,200 Charities registered </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Volunteering means geography is irrelevant </li></ul>
  7. 7. From First Contact to ‘Job Done’ <ul><li>How it Happens </li></ul><ul><li>Charities and Volunteers register on our website </li></ul><ul><li>We help the charities define their needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our unique Project Definition process means both the charities and IT professionals know exactly what is required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We publish the opportunities on our website and our RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>We offer ‘Start to Finish’ support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iT4C staff are available throughout the project as an independent source of advice and guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer contacts charity </li></ul><ul><li>Charity assesses volunteer suitability and they both agree to work with each other </li></ul><ul><li>Project starts and is completed leaving charity with a brand new sustainable and professional IT resource </li></ul><ul><li>We write up a case study and press release to promote the charity locally </li></ul>
  8. 8. iT4Communities administration fee: <ul><li>£85 for 12 months of iT4C support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As many requests for volunteers as you need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help defining requests for volunteers & access to resources to help you manage your project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End to end support from advertising amongst our community of volunteers to helping manage communications when the project starts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help with case studies and publicity when the project finishes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 newsletters and other communications about relevant events, our annual volunteer awards, referrals and special offers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 in 3 success rate for matching a volunteer to your project (and this figure is improving) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Project Completed then turned into a case study and press release – well done! </li></ul>Charity Registers online <ul><li>iT4C Project Definer contacts charity and creates unique Project Definition (PD) </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer expresses their interest and contacts charity </li></ul><ul><li>Both Charity & Volunteer agree to work together </li></ul>How it Works: <ul><li>Charity requests a volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>PD posted online and RSS for volunteers to see </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why it Works So Well <ul><li>Benefits to Charities </li></ul><ul><li>Better end-IT resource thanks to help from an IT Professional </li></ul><ul><li>More time & money to dedicate to front line support </li></ul><ul><li>iT4C removes the scary ‘techie’ barrier </li></ul><ul><li>No worries as iT4C team are always on hand for support & guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits to Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Feel good factor from making a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Increased business & communications skills for CV </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced future job prospects </li></ul>
  11. 11. Making it Work for You <ul><li>Don’t forget there are costs involved with using IT Volunteers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs of IT equipment, web hosting etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The BEST projects are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Well planned and managed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have the support of the Board/staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well communicated from the start </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not mission critical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not urgent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. It Worked For Us! <ul><li>Learning Through Action </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Through Action is a charity addressing personal issues with children & young people </li></ul><ul><li>They came to iT4C as they needed a new, engaging and fully accessible website </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Ian Cooper enjoyed working with LTA so much that he became their long-term webmaster </li></ul><ul><li>Website launched in just 5 months </li></ul><ul><li>Ian now volunteers as a Director-Trustee and continues to add new features to the website </li></ul>
  13. 13. It Worked For Us! <ul><li>Depression Alliance London </li></ul><ul><li>DA is the UK’s lead depression information & support charity </li></ul><ul><li>They were in a funding predicament and came to iT4C to help get them back on their feet through training in Fundraising software </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Ian Rumford completed a full IT audit and trained staff in the new software </li></ul><ul><li>Both the charity and its server are back from the brink of collapse </li></ul><ul><li>Ian continues to act as the DA’s IT Support when needed </li></ul>
  14. 14. Any Questions? Anne Stafford www.it4communities.org.uk [email_address] 020 7796 2144