Help with Digital
Business in the Community, in partnership with Go ON NI and NI Direct, is offering free digital help for anyone who needs it. If you have a tablet, laptop or phone and need help to address a specific problem, our digital volunteers can help. Simply text the word DIGITALHELP (one word) to 67300* with a brief description of what you require help with and a volunteer will phone you within 48 hours with free, helpful advice on many topics. You can also get help with digital through the Skills Match platform. You can register here.
COVID-19 digital checklist for charity trustees and leaders. This checklist to help charity boards and leaders with the decisions they need to make about digital during the crisis, and to get them thinking about what they’d like their charities to achieve during this time. It includes topics such as remote working, fundraising, services, strategy and governance.
Charity digital helps charities be more digital through inspiring content, access to the UK's only discounted and donated technology platform and connection to the best digital talent in the sector. They have a COVID 19 resource hub which will help you set up remotely, deliver your services online and launch virtual fundraising campaigns. There is a free online resource to help you with your digital fundraising, and many more resources.
GO ON NI for information, e-learning and training guides on many topics covering how to stay safe online, shopping and staying in touch through Social Media. NI Direct also have produced training - Learn how to get online, keep in touch online using social media apps with free internet texting, phoning and video call services whether you're new to the internet or wish to improve your basic digital skills. They also have guidance on how to stay safe online. These step by step training guides make it easy for you.
In the events and training section, in the Learn to keep in touch /improve your skills there are several training guides online
- Digital Assist Training Guide
- Staying in touch ( Facebook/Skype/Twitter/WhatsApp)
- Improve your skills
- Ipad and iphone
- Staying Safer online
Belfast City Council’s Smart Belfast team has set up www.covidconnectni.com to connect organisations and match challenge owners with potential digital solutions. The site lists a range of offers of support as well as requests for support. Aimed at supporting public, community and voluntary sector organisations, the website encourages our local businesses, innovators and universities to use their digital expertise, capacity and resources to help tackle challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. And, where possible, to do so on a pro bono or discounted basis. Examples of offers of support include data analytics and visualisation, support for remote working and learning, 3D printing, software and database development, contact relationship management, web services and connectivity/telecoms support.
If you are a community or voluntary organisation, located in Northern Ireland and in need of digital support to tackle a Covid-19 challenge, register your details and find offers of support on the Covid Connect NI website.
Cyber Aware is the UK government's advice on how to stay secure online during coronavirus. Over recent weeks there has been an increase in cyber threats and scams particularly around Covid-19. In response to this The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), working alongside the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), launched Cyber Aware, a refreshed campaign which aims to help individuals and organisations protect themselves online.
TechRadar has some good information on digital meetings and video conferencing which compares the best free and paid for options:
Penn State Information Technology has produced a useful guide for using Zoom.
NICVA has produced guidance on Charity meetings during Coronavirus
The Chartered Governance Institute have produced a guidance note for Good Practice for virtual board and committee meetings
Digital Learning hub with short webinars and advice. BT and ITV are offering Tech Tips a series of videos and podcasts with some really practical advice on topics such as: How to use What’s App, How to Avoid Phishing, working from home, staying happy and healthy.
Learn my way has free courses to help you learn digital skills.
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Organisations providing support to people and communities during the COVID-19 emergency can share their service information here