Charity digital training benefits from £1m government fund

Digital secretary Jeremy Wright has named the charity sector organisations to benefit from £1m Digital Leadership Fund money aimed at improving tech training in the voluntary sector.

Joe Lepper | 1st Feb 19
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A raft of training programmes to improve digital skills in the charity sector are to benefit from £1m in government funding.

Among those to receive money from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Digital Leadership Fund is the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, which will expand its digital training for trustees and senior managers. This will help the charity to provide digital services for half a million visually impaired people across the UK.

Charity Digital is another beneficiary and will use its funding to expand its Charity Digital Tech Conference webinars and create a live stream of events so that up to 200 organisations can take part remotely.

Age UK is another beneficiary. Its Midlands team leaders will receive digital training that will be rolled out across the charity’s network. Age UK’s South Lakeland operation will look to address digital skills gaps into the nearby districts beyond its Cumbria base.

Meanwhile, Cornwall Museums Partnership has received money to expand its rural digital leadership programme and DotEveryone will use its funding to improve its existing training programme material and deliver five additional workshops.

A full list of those receiving funding can be found here.

The launch of applications for the Digital Leadership Fund followed a commitment made in last August’s Civil Society Strategy to help build charities digital confidence.

Package of measures to improve tech innovation

The announcement of the fund’s recipients has been made by Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright as part of a number of measures aimed at improving tech innovation.

This also includes creating the world’s first ‘data trust’ for conservationists to share audio and image data to help tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

A new £30m fund has also been launched in partnership with the Social Charity Digital aimed at positioning the UK as a global leader in socially transformative technology.

In addition, a further £1m will be made available to incentivise organisations to use technology to tackle loneliness and encourage community cohesion.

“Technology is already making our lives easier in many ways but there is still so much untapped potential that we can deliver for social good,” said Wright.

“As a world-leader in emerging technologies, the UK is best placed to foster these opportunities. The new policies announced today, backed by new funding, will encourage industry to deliver technological innovation to address issues as diverse as animal poaching, food waste and loneliness.”

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