Digital WM News: Brum digital meetup

We held our first ever Digital WM News online meetup, a Brum digital meetup, on 15th April 2020, organised by Pauline Roche from RnR Organisation. The meetup was for Digital WM News subscribers and others in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, to allow social changemakers to check in with each other and share information […]

Funders and data for good: regional funders network at the first national Data4Good conference

Funders are a key audience for the Data for good community. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the presence of members of WM Funders Network (WMFN) at the first national Data4Good conference held on Nov 14th 2018 was part of the draw for other delegates.

Background RnR Organisation was delighted to see the involvement of WM Funders Network (WMFN) in the 1st national data4good conference in 2018. We saw it as a potential opportunity for others attending the conference to influence WMFN members in how they may use data in their own organisations. During the event, some funder representative attendees […]

Charities need communications: reading list

A series of articles curated from CharityComms Knowledge Hub Friends at the top: getting to know your trustees  by Kay Parris, 8th November 2016 Help them understand the role and value of comms For Trustees Week 2016, we’ve produced Understanding communications: a brief guide for charity trustees. Why not ask your CEO to circulate it to […]

Mapping charities in the West Midlands

James Bowles, a PhD student at the Third Sector Research Centre at University of Birmingham had a go at mapping all registered charities in the West Midlands

The map shows all 13,653 charities that were registered with the Charity Commission in September 2016, and had registered with a postcode that falls within the West Midlands. The layers tab on the right allows for filtering by category of activity (proportional by income), the search function on the left searches by charity name. The layers […]

RnR Organisation Digital WM™: Project 2020

Our plan for the coming years to 2020 should make a qualitative and quantitative difference to the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in the Midlands.

We aim to develop and support a more creative and collaborative mindset amongst people working in and governing the VCSE sector so that they know how to use the internet and digital technology more efficiently in order to help their beneficiaries. This should also increase their efficiency and productivity e.g. automating repetitive tasks. We are […]

Digital Leaders week 2018: Running iSandwell Camp

RnR Organisation was pleased to be one of the partners in national Digital Leaders Week

Digital Leaders Week is a national celebration of opportunities, challenges and support for the digital transformation of Britain’s businesses, public services and society. Listing over 120 events (77% outside London) with 10,000 free places RnR was happy to help share, inspire, inform and build the UK’s Digital Confidence.  We were delighted to be in Sandwell […]

Make yourself easier to find on LinkedIn

This single tip makes you easier to find on LinkedIn - do it today!

I’ve been using LinkedIn, and advising people on how to use it, for 10 years. I use it to find phone numbers or email addresses, to check out business contacts I’ve just met or I’m about to meet, to search for topics I’m researching, to check my dashboard and/or to post comments and content (including […]

Why should community arts organisations gather and share data?

Data gathering and sharing as part of a community arts festival - guest post by Jess Harrison, Arts and Heritage education specialist

In Nov-Dec 2017 six Birmingham community arts organisations either based in and/or working with a range of communities from Sparkhill or Sparkbrook, came together to produce Spark: South Asian Arts Festival, a number of events designed with and by local people and curated by local arts organisation Ort Gallery. The Festival consisted of two weeks […]

Talking Women in tech at 2017 Silicon Canal Awards

I was a member of the Women in Tech panel at the Silicon Canal Tech Awards at Birmingham Rep in Nov 2017...

…along with Anna Walters, Head of GRC at Zenzero Support and Victoria Masso. We had been invited to prepare responses to the questions “Do we have an inclusive Tech Community in Greater Birmingham?  If you think we do, could you explain how/why we do? If you don’t, can you think of a way we can […]

UKDigiStrategy consultation 2016: Response from Net Squared Midlands

The government is looking for ideas for its new Digital Strategy. Which of these are important for the Government's new Digital Strategy? Which of these impact most on the needs of the voluntary sector?

It’s a very open call for ideas, although there are four suggested themes. Introduction A group from the public sector and voluntary sector with an interest in digital transformation and digital growth in the charitable sector discussed this at our Net Squared Midlands: Tech for good event in Birmingham in January 2016 and responded with […]