the digital charity

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CITA will cease to provide services to the sector on the 31 August 2017. However CITA associates will continue to provide services independently.

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The Community IT Academy (CITA) was officially launched in September 2003 by Stephen Timms, the Minister for Industrial Affairs.

The organisation was initially set up by Ron Wilson, John Sadler and Peter Hill to provide IT training to people who were long-term unemployed. 50 people were trained through this programme and almost 90% attained an IT qualification with over 80% moving into work or further training. The trainees initially reconditioned old computers and we donated 100 of these to local voluntary and community organisations.

Over the years CITA has evolved into a voluntary sector IT support organisation. From the start, our trainees provided hardware support as part of their training. The popular circuit riding service started in 2006 and continues to provide free advice and support to voluntary organisations to this day. Our web design service followed in 2007. We now specialise in providing a range of high quality, affordable IT services, training and support to voluntary and community organisations across the North East of England.

Over the last ten years we have:

For more information about our work please get in touch.