Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/11/volunteer_skills_charity/

IT volunteers rack up £2m in projects

IT skills for charities

By John Oates

Posted in CIO, 11th January 2007 12:18 GMT

IT professionals have donated £2m in time to the charity sector helping small organisations with a wide variety of technology projects.

iT4Communities is celebrating reaching the £2m figure since its launch in November 2002. Volunteers have completed 340 IT projects and have another 148 still going on.

John Davies, programme director at iT4Communities, the Reg: "There are a huge variety of projects from simple websites to virus checks or complex databases and even some programming work. We have just under four thousand registered volunteers and we'd welcome more applications from any IT professional - someone with a qualification and a year's experience or someone with just experience." He said many volunteers relish the contact with very committed people after working in the cynical, corporate world.

Registered volunteers can browse a list of upcoming projects and request details on those they are interested in.

Davies said one of the areas of deficiency was volunteers to design simple websites. He said much of the work is done remotely and tends to be one-off projects rather than ongoing maintenance or support. Davies said there are various alternatives for charities seeking such support.

But he said some volunteers do end up with long-term relationships with specific charities even after completing the original project.

iT4Communities is supported by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the British Computer Society, Intellect and Computer Weekly.

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