Digital in the Civil Society Strategy – your views

Each week, we pose a question to our Twitter followers, asking for your thoughts on the big digital/tech-related issues facing charities today.

Matt Moorut | 24th Aug 18
Image shows cover of Civil Society report. What’s being billed as the first Civil Society Strategy proposal for 15 years places communities at the centre of decision-making, and focuses on five key foundations.

Each Friday, we pose a question to @CharityDigiNews Twitter followers, asking for their thoughts on the big digital and tech-related issues facing charities.

This week, we’re asking whether the recently-published Civil Society Strategy goes far enough in addressing the challenges of digital uptake in the social sector.

The actions on digital noted by the Office of Civil Society are:

  • Implementing measures from the Digital Economy Act, promoting the role of technology and investing in digital skills.
  • Investing £1.1 million through Arts Council England to create a Digital Culture Network, as noted in the Culture is Digital Report.
  • Committing money to support the creation of a digital maturity index specifically for the cultural sector, delivered by the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Working with CAST and others to explore how to develop a ‘responsive, resilient and agile’ social sector.
  • Collaborating with Lloyds Banking Group, SCVO, Tech Trust, NSPCC and many others in the Digital Enterprise Delivery Group.
  • Looking at the provisions made for small and medium-sized businesses and replicating these for civil society organisations.
  • Supporting the establishment of Local Digital Skills Partnerships, which bring together stakeholders from local government, civil society, and businesses to address digital-skills gaps.
  • Supporting the development of the Charity Digital Code of Practice, developed by Zoe Amar Digital, Tech Trust, Small Charities Coalition, NCVO and others.
  • Working with sector partners to deliver a Digital Trustees campaign to promote digital confidence on charity boards.

To get involved, use the hashtag #CharityDigitalViews on Twitter and have your say! We’ll publish a selection of answers on the Charity Digital News site shortly after.

 

You can view the answers our previous question (‘What’s holding charities back from digital?’) here.