Partnership launches to boost digital skills among charities

The Catalyst has backing from a raft of organisations, including the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as well as Comic Relief.

Joe Lepper | 12th Jul 19
Image from the launch of the Catalyst - a new collaborative set up by digital social change charity CAST with £1.6m funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

A new partnership has launched to improve the use of digital skills and technology in the UK’s charity sector.

The collaborative is called The Catalyst and has been set up by digital social change charity CAST with £1.6m funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further support has come from the City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Community Fund, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The aim of The Catalyst is to improve how charities can use digital to help tackle social and environmental issues. This includes helping organisations be more responsive to communities they serve, more resilent and to work more collaboratively with others in a bid to accelerate the use of digital in the UK’s voluntary sector.

Creative, digital and charities

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “This is about what happens when creativity, digital and civil society come together.

Liz Warner, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, added: “Investment in digital and the creative use of tech has the opportunity to disrupt and trainsform the sector.

A website, which offers people the chance to sign up for information and updates has been set up to promote the work of the Catalyst. In addition, the collaborative has a social media prescence on Twitter.



“I’m hugely excited about the opportunity that the Catalyst offers for organisations such as ours to collaborate other charities and infrastructure bodies to further build the digital skills and capabilities of charities,” said Charity Digital Chief Executive Jonathan Chevallier.

“I’m particularly conscious of the nearly 90 per cent of charities who have less than £500k of income and the need to deliver support and assistance to them in a way which meets their needs whilst being scalable and believe the Catalyst can play a major role in this.”

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