- Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:05
We are moving out of our Lynnwood office on 30 April 2013.
In order to provide a more efficient service to our customers and reduce costs we will be taking advantage of the cloud and going virtual at the end of this month. The Beacon, which is a new community building just around the corner from our Lynnwood office, is providing us with virtual office services. As a result of this move we now have a new postal address and contact telephone number.
The move won't affect any of the services we provide, but will allow us to significantly reduce our costs. This will allow us to keep our prices low and provide an efficient service to our customers.
The new contact details are valid with immediate effect. We ask that you use them for any future correspondence and suggest that you update your records accordingly.
Our new postal address is:
Community IT Academy (CITA)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Our new telephone number is:
07958 482 509
Our website and email addresses remain unchanged.
- Created on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:42
New campaign aims to help 30,000 of Britain's smallest charities boost their fundraising through online tools and the internet.
The Grow Your Charity Online campaign was launched by Google in partnership with Charity Technology Trust and Media Trust. The campaign website contains a number of different resources, including:
- a free digital health check
- tools, resources and guides
- inspiration from other organisations
- events and training
Find out more at: Grow Your Charity Online
If you would like to discuss ways that your organisation can improve its online presence call us on 07958 482 509.
- Created on Thursday, 04 April 2013 09:48
We are proud to have been awarded the PQASSO Level 1 Quality Mark.
PQASSO is the leading quality standard developed by the Charities Evaluation Service for the third sector. Over the past year we have been working hard to meet this standard and we are very pleased to have now been awarded it.
What does this mean to you?
As a customer of CITA you can be assured that we have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all of the services we provide are of a high standard. We strive to provide the best service we can to the organisations we support.
If your organisation is thinking of working towards PQASSO or a similar quality standard we would be very happy to share our experience. In particular, we have a great deal of experience of supporting voluntary and community organisations to develop appropriate IT policies and procedures. Please contact us for more information.
- Created on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 10:00
We take a look at the latest version of Microsoft's free anti-virus software.
If you use a computer it is important to have up-to-date anti-virus software to protect you from malicious software. While there are a number of free anti-virus packages available, these are typically only licensed for personal use. For this reason many charities and community organisations pay an annual license fee for anti-virus software.
Microsoft Security Essentials, however, is free for up to ten users (regardless of whether the organisation is a charity or not). While this product has been around for a few years, the functionality of previous versions was quite limited when compared with other anti-virus products. We now feel the current version has reached a point where we can recommend that small organisations try it.
Microsoft Security Essentials is available for Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP. It isn't compatible with Windows 8 but this comes with Windows Defender pre-installed, which provides the same level of protection.
For more information and to download go to: Microsoft Security Essentials
- Created on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34
A new report by Lasa outlines how web-based services can support your organisation and help you to reduce costs.
Technology workers and charity professionals (including CITA's CEO, Lewis Atkinson) share their thoughts on how we can embrace cloud technology and move into a whole new way of working.
If you would like to discuss the benefits of cloud technology to your organisation please give us a call on 07958 482 509. We have funding to provide impartial advice and consultancy at no charge to voluntary and community organisations in the North East.
- Created on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 11:31
Funding is available for projects that use digital technology to improve teaching and learning.
The Education Endowment Foundation and Nominet Trust are seeking proposals for projects that use digital technology to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Applications are invited from any not-for-profit organisation which focuses on the use of digital technology to improve teaching and learning outcomes. It is expected that the minimum grant will be £50,000 a year and that the smallest projects likely to be funded will reach at least 100 students. In most cases projects should also reach more than one school. The funders are looking for initiatives that build on the existing evidence about effective teaching and learning practices, and use digital technology to make these practices more effective or efficient.
Deadline: 19 April 2013
Visit the Education Endowment Foundation's website for more details: Digital Technology Round
- Created on Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:09
Charities are not making the most of technology and the cost benefits that can be achieved through effective use of IT, according to new research by Lasa.
More than half of the organisations surveyed said that cost is a barrier to development of their IT systems. 42% identify a lack of affordable external advice and support as a key challenge. This is despite increasing numbers of organisations using cloud computing, which has the potential to reduce costs significantly in the long term.
Read more and download the report from Lasa's website: Charities could do more with technology with better support, says Lasa
If your organisation needs IT support please call us on 07958 482 509. CITA specialises in providing IT support to voluntary and community organisations in the North East of England and has funding to provide advice at no cost to your organisation.
- Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 16:43
Charities can get the new version of Microsoft Office at a fraction of the retail price from CTXchange.
The Charities Technology Trust's donation program CTXchange is offering eligible charities the opportunity to purchase Microsoft Office Standard for a mere £15 admin fee. The Professional version is available for a £20 admin fee. This represents a saving of approximately 95% on the standard retail price.
The latest version of Office is a significant change from previous versions. It has been designed with touchscreens and tablets in mind. It also integrates more fully with online storage and web applications. You can save documents direct to the cloud with Microsoft's SkyDrive allowing you to access them from anywhere. Visually the new suite goes for a flat minimalist look that complements the design of Windows 8.
Office 2013 will run on Windows 7 or 8 but is not compatible with Windows XP or Vista. Organisations that are still using older versions of the Windows operating system should go for Office 2010 (also available from CTXchange) or consider upgrading to Windows 8.
Read more about the suite on the Charities Technology Exchange website: Microsoft Office: What Your Organisation Should Know
Eligible charities can purchase either version of Office from CTxchange: Microsoft Office Suites
If you are unsure whether to upgrade or not and would like to discuss your organisation's IT needs please give us a call on 07958 482 509.
- Created on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:04
Beacon Hill Arts is offering organisations in Tyneside the opportunity to have a small film made for free.
Beacon Hill Arts is a multi-award winning organisation which supports young film makers with learning disabilities. Their work has been showcased around the world, won multiple awards and received accolades from figures across the film industry. They are offering up to five non-profit-making organisations the opportunity to have a film professionally shot and edited by their talented film makers who will be supported by experienced facilitators.
The short 60 second film could be uploaded to YouTube or used on your website homepage to promote your organisation.
The deadline for applications is Monday 18 February 2013.
For more information visit their website: Viewfinder Project
- Created on Thursday, 10 January 2013 00:00
All of our members and customers are invited to our AGM.
The AGM will be held on Thursday 21 February 2013 at 2pm at i8 Lynnwood, Lynnwood Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6UL.
Please note that we have had to move the date of the AGM. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.