Over the past year the Projects & Pro-Bono Panel (P&P) has seen a marked increase in requests for, and volunteers taking up, pro-bono engagements to deliver IT expertise to charities.
Currently we have 15 active projects and over 40 members who have come forward to donate their time and expertise.
Project requirements range from advice on CRM systems procurement to helping with requirements for WiFi connectivity in residential and educational settings to cataloguing monuments in a cemetery!
Many projects are also receiving financial grants from the WCIT Charity to help leverage our support. Funds can be made available to support projects particularly where members are playing an active part in the delivery or oversight of the project. So if you know of a charity that could benefit please ask Eleanor for an application form.
In addition to the projects with charities who seek us out, P&P have been working with partner organisations (AbilityNet, LASA and Technology Trust) proactively to engage with charities in addressing IT issues.
With some funding from the WCIT Charity and our partners, the project launched a pilot of its first product - Tech Surgery. Tech Surgery is a two hour session, conducted by phone, where a volunteer reviews the current IT environment of a charity, with particular focus on strategy and the use of IT to enable the charities to do more with their resources.
Feedback to date shows that charities really value the opportunity to think about IT issues facing them with a skilled, and most crucially, independent professional. Since January the pilot has completed over 20 Tech Surgeries with a further 20 as work-in-progress.
If you would like to get involved then please contact Eleanor MacGregor, WCIT Charity Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org who will put you in contact with the WCIT Pro Bono & Projects Panel.