There are so many new websites and training resources available that it can be difficult for a small community group to know which ones they should try or which to invest their valuable time and effort to learn about.
Knowing ‘What do I want to do?’ is always the best place to start, but then where next?
There are a number of e-bulletins and website directories (some say, maybe too many) that have been set up to assist voluntary and community sector organisations by listing, rating, reviewing and discussing the many web tools and programs available.
These are the websites of websites and e-bulletins that I would refer to first when looking for the right tool or to see what others have to say about a website or service. (Note. Some are in their infancy, but will be worth watching with interest)
Please let me know of others you use.
The most comprehensive website I use for how-to guides and articles about use of technology in the voluntary sector. There are over 500 guides written by Lasa and other technology advisors working with charities and community groups.
Produced by the Tinder Foundation this website provides a fantastic library of information about useful tools and websites that help a community group work smarter on line. As the reviews and offers of support are by the community, for the community it makes it a great place to go.
There are over 200 ‘How To’ guides on the NCVO KnowHow NonProfit website covering technology, marketing and social media. Each one is a short, simple step by step guide, which any registered KnowHow NonProfit user can edit or update thanks to the wiki style of the site.
The IT For Charities website is a long running web resources packed with links and information to help charities and non-profit organisations make the most of technology. Lots of lists and links to suppliers of databases, CRMs, recycled hardware, grants, payroll systems, membership packages etc. There is a lot! Also a charity technology job section and newsletter to subscribe to.
These incredibly straightforward guides to technology from the Digital Unite community provide all you need to get started with ICT and the web. They are all print friendly so particularly useful if you are showing someone else how to use a website for the first time or for a less confident web user to keep as a reference guide.
The Media Trust have produced this website that helps you build your organisation’s web presence and on line competency through the many free Google products available and the services of the Technology Trust. There is a particularly useful section here on Google for Non Profits in the UK.
I like this very innovative wiki style website which enables users to build toolboxes of the websites they use for specific purposes. As it has members from all over the world it is a great way to look into other people’s tool boxes to see what they use to help with the question you have. It’s a project of Aspiration Tech.
The Digital Skills website from Go On UK aims to help everyone get connected by providing links to resources and tools that make using the web simpler.
This website (launching in December) from Skills – Third Sector will help organisations find the training and skills resources, both on line and off line that they need.
Lasa Computanews – http://storify.com/lasaict (Latest copy on Storify)
This is a Storify based e-mail that is sent out every other week containing links to the latest technology news stories that are relevant for the voluntary and community sector. To subscribe visit this page.
Community How To News – http://www.communityhowto.com/news (List of recent newsletters)
Community How To produce a weekly Top 5 Digital Tools e-bulletin which covers the digital tools that can help you do more of what you do best in your community. To subscribe visit this page.
Charity Digital News – http://www.charitydigitalnews.co.uk/ (Link to a sample newsletter)
The Charity Digital News from Technology Trust is a weekly e-bulletin round up of the latest news, events & jobs in the digital world for charities and community organisations. To subscribe to it visit the homepage and sign up.
Charity Technology News – http://www.charitytechnews.co.uk/ (Link to a sample newsletter)
Round-up of all the latest technology news that is relevant to charities and community organisations from the well established IT for Charities web resource. See the wqebsite for supplier information and latest jobs and events. To subscribe to it visit the homepage and sign up. On Twitter as @charitytechnews.
Non Profit Tech For Good – http://www.nptechforgood.com
Although this is a USA based service, the weekly newsletter from Non Profit Tech For Good has lots of very useful links to all the latest technology and social media news for the sector. Sign up from their homepage.
Let me know if this list is useful or if there are other similar sites I have missed.