Dear clients and colleagues,
CITA will cease to provide services to the sector on the 31 August 2017. However CITA associates will continue to provide services independently.
After almost 14 years of service to Newcastle’s community and beyond, CITA will be shutting its digital doors in August. Unfortunately, due to streams of funding for IT development work drying up, there’s no longer a clear, viable way for an organisation like CITA to meet the ICT needs of voluntary and community groups.
Existing support contracts will be honoured by the relevant CITA associate. As of now, any organisations seeking help with IT projects will be directed towards those CITA associates. The associates will continue to work with voluntary and community groups on an individual basis.
In the unlikely event that funding becomes available to subsidise IT projects in the sector, CITA would look to resume support for North East organisations.
Each of us, as self-employed associates working with CITA, is committed to supporting voluntary and community organisations. Some of us will pursue voluntary involvement. All of us hope to continue to work in the same vein and will continue to collaborate where appropriate. See below for our contact details.
I specialise in supporting organisations with social purpose to make the best use of technology. This includes website development, database development, consultancy and training.
I'm an IT professional who wants to make a positive difference in the world through the work I do. I offer a diverse range of IT support, development and project management services.
I have a wealth of experience in IT and Social Enterprise management and wish to continue to help organisations to develop through offering services including IT and business consultancy, training, project management and IT development.
I have over 10 years' experience in building websites and web applications and wish to continue to help organisations with their web presence.
We’ve come a long way from where we started: offering IT training to the long-term unemployed. It’s sad to see CITA change, but we have a lot to celebrate. Over the years since 2003 we’ve:
helped over 1,500 voluntary and community organisations use IT more effectively
provided over 1,000 hours of advice and support to 250 organisations
built over 100 websites
recycled 1,000 computers
trained 40 people to become IT technicians
Our website will continue to be active for the next twelve months and contains useful resources for the sector. It will also have the contact details of the associates.
Each of us has found working with CITA a meaningful and rewarding experience. Being able to help organisations onto a sustainable footing IT-wise and put their interests - not profits - first has been a pleasure. Our work has always been about supporting IT learning and developing IT capacity - as per Circuit Riding principles - as much as about doing IT work for organisations. We hope that the difference we’ve made to our clients reflects that.
It’s a difficult time for voluntary groups and charities. For the sake of those that benefit from your work and services, we hope that the sector sees an improvement in funding and support soon. We wish you all well for the future.
With best wishes,