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Update from End-May Start-June 2020

Welcome to the end-May start June 2020 issue of Digital WM News and our sixth issue of 2020, a fifth special issue dedicated to information from trusted sources, largely from and about the internet, aimed at supporting mainly small charities around their use of digital technology at this time.

**5th COVID 19 SPECIAL ISSUE #Covid19***

In this 5th Covid19 special issue of Digital WM News we continue to bring together resources aimed at helping those who are helping others in their community.

In this 5th special issue we include:

  • News including Civic Square Dept of Dreams, Consumer Digital Index 2020, 2nd Birmingham Charity Meetup, Dudley People's Archive, Track & Trace app scam warning, Doteveryone closing
  • Links to each CVS in your region Covid19 website pages
  • Some upcoming events, all happening online, including Video calls/remote working workshop, DigiLeaders Virtual, Data Driven Charities, Intro to writing charity letters and Glitch 2020 Digital self care Summer Programme
  • People: Tania Cohen CEO, 360 Giving
  • Reading & Resources: Links to resources for charities about using technology better including open directory, Media Trust Volunteer Platform and Fundraising for small charities
  • Vacancies: 360 Giving seeks UX researcher
  • Covid19 Digital Stories questions 
It is easy to become overwhelmed with all the information available right now so we're only including 1 post in the Vacancies section in this issue.

We continue to increase digital skills and knowledge in the VCSE sectors, as part of Project 2020, by curating the most useful items we see on the web during the month.

We'd love to hear your stories of increasing digital skills and knowledge too. Please email them to Pauline at, marking them for my attention.

For our new subscribers to end-May start June, we welcome you!

We'd love to hear from you so please email or tweet us at our new and growing Twitter account Digital WM News

Please note that this issue of Digital WM News and all previous issues can be found on our website here

In 2020 we aim to reach at least one person in every small charity, non-profit and social enterprise in the West Midlands. 

You can help us increase our reach and increase digital skills in the West Midlands by encouraging your colleagues and friends to subscribe to Digital WM News in 2020. 

They can SIGN UP HERE to ensure they receive the latest issue as soon as it is published.

Regards and please keep well,

Pauline Roche,
Editor, Digital WM News

Photo on Unsplash in Covid-19 collection

Birmingham's Civic Square activates Dept of Dreams

What does the Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2020 tell us about digital inclusion?

At the end of May, "...Lloyds Bank published their annual UK Consumer Digital Index 2020, giving us an overview of the digital inclusion landscape across the UK. This annual publication provides insights to attitudes and behaviours of those who are online and offline, a useful resource for anyone delivering digital inclusion interventions..." 

Full post from SCVO

Consumer Digital Index launch findings from Zoe Amar

More from Zoe about Consumer Digital Index in a Vonne blogpost here.

She says "We can no longer ignore the scale of this issue. Under lockdown, being online is a survival strategy....

"...Solving this problem becomes more urgent by the day. Access to the right information and guidance online has become a lifeline during coronavirus."

Charity Comms seeks Charity Champions

Scheduling tweets from Twitter app now available

Social media expert seeks help compiling Covid 19 resources

Second Birmingham Charity Meetup

Following the success of their launch event, a second Birmingham Charity Meetup has been added to the calendar.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 09 June 2020 from 10am-12pm and the theme is ‘Moving Forwards with Positivity.’

This event is for anyone who would like to discover how to develop the right mindset to see them through change and is suitable for everyone working in the sector, with key takeaways aimed specifically at fundraisers.

As well as an opportunity to connect informally, there are two speakers
Suman Manghra (Mindset and Empowerment Coach) will be exploring ways to help those working in the sector stay positive when innovation and adapting to change can prove challenging.

Charlotte Schofield (Director of Fundraising at University Hospitals Birmingham Charity) will talk about her experiences of fundraising in this difficult period, whilst being at the centre of the Coronavirus response.

Tickets for the online events are being offered with a 50% discount on the regular cost and will be just £5.00 each.

Dudley People's Archive started

Media Trust to change underrepresentation of disabled people in news

360 Giving open data  Covid19 grants over 4,000


NPC reports sector changes in new sector report

Professionally skilled volunteers keen to help charities through Covid19

Track and Trace app scam warning

Doteveryone to close after 5 years

Councils for Voluntary Service

A Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) is an umbrella body for voluntary and community organisations in a local area.

CVS and Covid19 in your local area

Each CVS in the various parts of the West Midlands has a link to information about the local response to the Covid19 pandemic. Each CVS's Twitter feed should give you their latest information.

Something missing?

Please let me know if I have missed an area or organisation by emailing me at 

Until further notice, all events will be online and can be based anywhere in the UK


Video calls/remote working workshop/discussion

2nd June

8th-19th June


Digital Leaders Virtual

Digital Leaders Virtual is the summit you can take part in without leaving the comfort of your home or desk.

Even better, this two week summit includes the 15th National Digital Conference being held virtually and the first ever online Impact Awards, celebrating 36 tech for good and social impact innovations that we all need digital to deliver. 

Learn from proven experts in topics such as cyber resilience, diversity, digital inclusion, innovation, accessibility, skills & talent, non-profits and tech for good

2-3pm 9th June

SCVO and Third Sector Lab 

DigiShift - Data Driven Charities

Understanding your data can give you a competitive edge. We’ll look at how to select a CRM and how to use your existing data to make decisions.

Steve MacLaughlin, Vice President of Data & Analytics - Blackbaud
Author of the highly acclaimed book Data Driven Nonprofits, Steve has spent 20+ years driving innovation with a broad range of organisations.

Giselle Cory, Executive Director - Data Kind
Giselle oversees the running of DataKind, empowering the community of volunteers in their use of data for social good. After graduating in Maths and Physics, Giselle worked as a data scientist and public policy analyst in the UK Government, a national charity and think tanks, before returning to study a masters in Computational Journalism. 


2-3pm, 18th June

SCVO Sandwell

Introduction to Writing Charity Letters

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations new to the art of fundraising and will present a basic understanding and knowledge of what you need to know to get started with raising money for your project, activities or organisation.

The webinar aims to provide:
• Introduction and basic principles of writing a charity letter to raise funds
• Better understanding on how to construct your charity letter
• Hints and tips, together with reasons why some letters fail

Digital self care, safety and security Summer programme for womxn and non-binary people

June dates 

Be More Digital

Digital Q&A for charities

A space for people working in the charity sector to ask questions about their digital projects and learn from peers. A response to the urgent need for us all to work from home because of Covid-19 and the UK's lockdown 

How do charities create a digital service quickly? How are others working and collaborating remotely?

The monthly Digital Q&A is a safe space for people to share their learnings, share what's been difficult and ask for advice from Bobi Robson, and some of her friends specialising in digital.

Monthly event - dates available on booking page.


June dates

ODI Leeds

#OpenDataSavesLives  & Covid19 meeting

There is a lot of coverage about the impact of the virus nationally but a majority of citizens' concerns will be focused locally. They want to know how their local area will be affected - businesses, education, social care, transport, even green space and parks. Where is the data about the local perspective? Who is working on what, and how can others get involved?

This is a semi-regular meeting to connect with new people, share work, get project updates, and more. For context of the very first session, please watch/listen to the recording or visit the Google Doc.

Weekly event - dates available on booking page.

Regular Meetups

*new this issue*
Birmingham Open Code - no sessions scheduled
- weekly (Tues) open study session for folks who program or those who want to get started
Birmingham Settlement IT Club - For more information please contact Rob on or 0121 250 0764.
- weekly (Wed, 1-3pm)
Brum SMC - next one TBC
– monthly (last Fri) social media meetup
Coding Wednesday - 22nd Apr session cancelled
- monthly, last Wed 
Digital Skills courses (Fircroft College) - dates TBC
– semi-regular - improve your digital skills
Lock picking (fizzPOP) - no session scheduled
– monthly (2nd Wednesday)
Maker Monday - June 1st (online) with Marc Silk
fortnightly slice of inspiration from the creative and tech worlds
Net Squared Midlands – regular #techforgood meetup - latest 
- Net Squared Midlands meetups will be restarting with our 1st online meetup - date TBC!

Tech Wednesday – 17th June [online]
- monthly meet up for like-minded individuals in tech industry in Birmingham area


Digital and IT - All of our courses up until July 2020 have been postponed until further notice due to the college's partial closure.
Fircroft College, Birmingham

Tania Cohen, CEO, 360 Giving

Tania's Twitter bio reads: CEO @360Giving, Londoner, cake baker, volunteer & community choir singer. Passionate about charities & changing the world.

Prior to joining 360Giving in March 2020, Tania had been working and volunteering in charities and grantmaking organisations for over 20 years, including roles as an analyst supporting organisations to improve performance.

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Information for the directory is gathered through crowdsourced submissions, as well as interesting ones found by the designers.

Anyone globally can contribute whether you are hosting an event or have seen an interesting one you think people should tune into.

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Project and Design by Yinka Danmole & Jack Hardiker

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Volunteer Platform matches charities and comms experts

Fundraising for small charities 

360 Giving seeks UX Researcher 
Deadline: 15th June

We've started asking our networks what was happening for their charity during #Covid19? We specifically asked "Are you using the internet, social media and technology more?"

We want to hear your stories more than ever!

Do you have a story to tell about your charity's use of digital technology during, and now coming out of, the Covid19 pandemic?

Digital WM News will feature more West Midlands charities Covid19 digital stories in future issues - please send us your answers to the following questions for your charity's story to be considered for publication:
  • Has your charity had to change its objects to deliver different services than usual?
  • What tech and platforms are you using most now and is this different from before the pandemic?
  • What is the most useful technology-related tool or system you have learned about since the pandemic started?
  • How will your charity be different with digital or technology from now on?
  • Do you have any technology-related questions which I or my readers might be able to answer for you?
Photo on Unsplash in Covid-19 collection

Hi, I'm Pauline Roche. I'm a freelance journalist with a special interest in data journalism.

I'm also M.D. of RnR Organisation - we're a social enterprise and we aim to increase digital and data literacy amongst smaller non-profits, including by running the Net Squared Midlands meetup and the VCSSCamp unconference for voluntary sector infrastructure organisations.

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