Today we ran a live sharing workshop for charities working on Catalyst programmes. Charities reflected on their projects, what they were learning and the ups and downs of doing rapid digital design and development.
Read more about each one’s journey by clicking the Padlet link under each image.
Prototyping a digital solution to support digital music therapy provision to vulnerable people.
See Chiltern Music Therapy’s other project outputs.
A guide to what they are, ways to write them and platforms to use.
This guide is for the 117 charities currently working on Catalyst projects and any others who want to work more openly. It covers:
**Update: We added a link to weeknote templates on 10/02/21. You can use any of these templates to make it easier to write your weeknotes.
Weeknotes are notes about what you’ve been doing this week.
They are personal…
We’ve re-opened our Medium publication. If you’re working on a Catalyst supported project or anything else across the network we invite you to write about your work here.
You can write weeknotes or blogs. We welcome formal and informal thoughts, updates and reflections from your work. Be open. Share what you’re doing and learning. It benefits everyone when you do.
To get started we need to add you as a writer here.
Last week I promised to stick to five pieces of useful advice. But there’s actually seven useful pieces below. So, just to square things up, look out for two more cute puppies further down.
6 minute read. Published by Outside the Box
Useful because it:
3 minute read by SCVO, based on last week’s DigiShift call.
Useful because it:
30 min podcast. Published by SCVO and Third Sector Lab.
Useful because it:
Live Zoom call on Friday 24th April, 11.30 -12.30pm. Run by SCVO and Third Sector Lab
Over the last five weeks, thousands of charities have been reaching out for support because they’ve suddenly needed to go more digital. The sector has been full of articles and guides. It’s great that we can respond like this.
But what if you need more support than another article or toolkit? Or you don’t know where to find the advice you need? Or what if you’re not even sure what it is you should be asking about? What if you’re worried that you don’t know where to start?
Help is here. We’ve checked out the best places to go for…
Many charities have quickly moved ahead with digital services. Some have taken their existing services online. Some have changed or expanded what they offer. But not all have carried out a risk assessment to help them decide how to do so safely. This article presents a robust process and downloadable guide to get you started.
You want to get your service online but you need it to be safe. You’re worried about choosing the wrong online solution or using it wrongly and someone getting hurt or having their privacy breached. You know you need to safeguard not just your users…
Your youth group is planning a three day trip to Dartmoor. As group leader it’s your first time leading a trip like this. You feel anxious. There’s a lot of risks. But it’s a great opportunity for your young people, some of whom have never left the city.
Instead of the trip you could stay and do activities in your group’s normal building. Here you know the risks. There are fewer of them and they are better known. It feels safer. But it doesn’t offer the same benefits as a trip up the moor.
Offline or online it’s the same: the words that you use influence how people behave. What you say and how you say it influences every part of their service experience. Offline we think of this as ‘how we talk to our beneficiaries’. Online we call this ‘content design’.
However, many charities won’t have heard of content design. So we talked to Sarah Richards of Content Design London about why charities should look into it. Then we asked her for ten simple tips anyone can use, especially if they’ve not heard of it before.
Three weeks ago Young Somerset were supporting 350 young people a week through face-to-face youth work and interventions. Their digital infrastructure could best be described as ‘fledgling’.
Three weeks ago teenagers in Somerset were looking ahead to the next day of school, hanging out with their friends, Mother’s Day, Easter, exams and school proms.
Then, like it did for so many of us, everything changed with the implementation of the UK government’s COVID-19 movement restrictions. On Friday, 20th March Nik Harwood, the charity’s CEO, suspended all face-to-face services. Suddenly 72 of the most vulnerable young people, those receiving weekly therapeutic…
Tech for gooder. Bid writer. Content strategist. Helps charities/startups raise funds, build tech products, then sustain them. Writes useful stuff. More poetry.