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I’m preparing a workshop about Writing Reports for Voluntary and Community Organisations, which will combine writing skills with how to get the most from Word and Excel.
It’s part of ongoing work to embed IT skills within mainstream community training courses and is based on a successful course I’ve run a few times about How to Draw Graphs and Charts and Include Them in your Reports combined with training run by Working Together Project about writing skills.
Along the way I found a great site called Writing for Change about writing reports, produced in a past life by Becky Faith, one of SCIP’s trustees who is currently part of Tactical Tech.
It’s a simple site that’s easy to navigate with some great tips.

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There’s a really useful new article by Simon Davey on the ICT Hub website that explains how to plan your IT training programme. It suggests a step by step process for reviewing and planning your training as well as linking to some excellent free resources.

A lot of staff and volunteers struggle to get to grips with computers and new technology, which means that investment in hardware or software can take a long time to be repaid. Training is a way of investing in people instead, and empowering them to get the most from the resources available to them.

Training Action Plan: ICT Hub

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Lackham House in Wiltshire is the beautiful setting for a very successful conference looking at rural issues relating to ICT
Several people were there from the south east and it was good to catch up with others from across the country

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Paul Tilley [second right], chair of TWIG Tarner Wide Internet Group and Helen Milner [second left], MD of UK Online, open the new computer room in a small community centre in central Brighton.
SCIP has been a partner in the development of a project which has helped set up and develop a number of similar facilities as part of UK Online Social Impact Demonstration project
Top news for local people in some of the hardest to reach groups

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Had a good meeting with Dirk Slater from Tactical Tech which is now based in Brighton – and Bangalore.
Dirk is a former New Yorker now enjoying life in sunny Brighton. His background is in community activism, having helped build and run Circuit Rider projects in the US and in so-called transition countries – usually former communist countries – and especially through work with Open Society Institute. OSI is funded mainly through money from George Soros – who got very rich form currency deals on Black Monday back in the late 80s.
Having had the connection made via Simon Pavvitt, ex of LASA but now in Vancouver, we realised we had lots to talk about in terms of the combination of community activity, ICT development and social enterprise. This included the fact that I’ve previously worked on an OSI project in Veszprem, Hungary, with Dr Peter Day, one of SCIP’s Directors.
INterestingly Tactical Tech is changing its work, and is now mainly focused on the use of information within activist networks, although it also has a strong background in Open Source and produces a great collection of Open Source software in the form of NGO in a box. I was interested to learn that their focus is moving towards what you can do with ICT, rather than how to keep it working, as this echoes some of SCIP’s early sentiments.
It was great to meet someone so in tune with what SCIP is trying to achieve, and I’m sure there’s lots more we can share and learn from each other.

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Grant in the SCIP office has flicked through the Guide and says that most of it is ‘not bad’. And he’s read lots of books so he’d know.

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Grant in the SCIP office has flicked through the Guide and says that most of it is ‘not bad’. And he’s read lots of books so he’d know.

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