CITA, the Charity IT Association (www.charityithelp.org.uk) that provides IT (information technology) help for charities, has announced the landmark achievement of helping its 500th charity obtain the maximum benefit from the use of IT less than two-and-a-half years since the body launched in January 2016 by WCIT, Reach Volunteering, LASA and Technology Trust.
The estimated value of free resources provided by CITA to UK charities so far is around £750,000. Charities helped by CITA have provided an average satisfaction rating of 94% for the support and services they have received.
Highlights of recent CITA achievement include charities Light for Life and CARAS.
Light for Life is a charity based in Southport that’s focused on helping vulnerable people with a housing need to find and sustain appropriate accommodation, applied for a CITA Tech Surgery seeking advice and assistance with their operational systems. CITA successfully matched them with a volunteer who made several easily implemented recommendations which significantly improved their operational efficiency.
CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) is a community outreach charity based in Tooting, South-West London. It supports people of refugee and asylum-seeking background who live in the surrounding area. CARAS approached CITA asking for help in reviewing and improving their IT infrastructure. A CITA volunteer helped them to put together a funding proposal to implement an improved infrastructure to provide safe, secure and efficient IT systems in the charity.