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Digital WM News is a free monthly compilation of (mainly):

  • #techforgood news

  • events/training

  • offers/tips

  • people

  • reading/listening

  • digital vacancies

and is of interest to people in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors who want to increase their digital skills and knowledge.

It’s also useful for anyone else who wants to increase their digital skills and knowledge in the VCSE sectors and use the web or mobile technology for social good.

It is compiled, curated and published by RnR Organisation and circulated via Mailchimp


VOLUME 3 (2019)

Vol 3, Issue 8, August 2019


  • News about Voting open for Women in Tech awards finalists incl  Pauline Roche of  RnR Organisation for TechForGood award, West Midlands Young Combined Authority Board set up incl Kari Lawler, Gina Patel & Kashmire DS Hawker, Inclusiveness measures for Open Data Camp 7
  • Events including Google Digital Garage in #Coventry, Barcamp Brum on 28th Sept
  • People Jude Habib of Sound Delivery in The Independent 2019 Happy List
  • Resources NCVO Digital Transformation journey blogs, funding thoughts from Cassie Robinson, Damian Corbet SocialCEO book for leaders
  • Vacancies Thirteen vacancies

Vol 3, Issue 7, July 2019


  • News about the new Minister for Civil Society Baroness Diana Barran, We the Catalysts launch event, and Digital skills training charity seeks new chair
  • Events including Design in a day, Digital Drop-In at Coseley Library and How Online Charity Platform LoveBrum was created
  • People Rita Chadha, the new CEO of Small Charities Coalition
  • Resources Data visualisation, digital ethics and how data can improve the UK social care system
  • Vacancies Nine vacancies including two remote working ones

Vol 3, Issue 6, June 2019


  • News about the new Women in Tech awards, the WMCA State of the region report, and a study by IVAR and CAST about making technology usable for small organisations and a rebranding for Tech Trust
  • Events including Birmingham’s first Lean Coffee, and Facebook Digital Skills Training in Bilston
  • Vicky Foxcroft, the new Shadow Minister for Civil Society
  • Vacancies incl seven new posts

Vol 3, Issue 5, May 2019


  • Lloyds Banks Consumer Digital Index 2019
  • Facebook Digital Skills Training Modules
  • Free Tech Retraining Programme for Women
  • Support Tech for Good Live crowdfunder
  • Do.It Foundation first small grants pilot
  • Events including Tech Wed Digital Leaders talk by Pauline Roche 
  • New CEO for The Developer Society, John Dunford
  • Vacancies incl 8 new posts

Vol 3, Issue 4, Apr 2019

Incl Day 2 of @360Giving Data Expedition in #Birmingham, Digital tool re-use with @EngnRoom, #CharityDigiReport and skills survey, @TechForGoodCAST work with @superbeinglabs on user-centred design, events including Birmingham Design Hop Followup co-hosted by @Net2Midlands, @otherJaneFallon Digital Lead – Public Services Reform at @WestMids_CA, Assessing Digital Maturity with @NissaRamsay, and a @DanSlee blog about Facebook

Vol 3, Issue 3, Mar 2019 

Incl #D4GConf18 reprise by @Data_Orchard, @LauraCreaven, @360Giving Data Expedition in #Birmingham, events incl @DemoClub #SoPN at @ImpactHubBrum, #3secdigi Digital Leaders course with @SchSocEnt & @ZoeAmar, bar chart race viz with @f_l_o_u_r_i_s_h, @DataKindUK Digital ethics framework, #ResponsibleTech19 with @Doteveryone, Invisible Women by @CCriadoPerez

Vol. 3, Issue 2, Feb 2019

incl @DIDFest, @steiny, @TechForGoodCAST & trustees, @NEON_UK training, Events, @ZoeAmar, @SCCoalition tools video, @Tech_Trust #CDTC2019, @NCVO tech post, @SCCoalition #charitysetup, #SMEX2019, Vacancies

Vol 3, Issue 1, Jan 2019 

incl WM Digital skills partnership, Third Sector Digital Leaders: Birmingham, CAST Design Hop in Birmingham, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief technology fund, Events/Training, Emma Prest leaves DatakindUK, NCVO digital and tech (series), Charity Comms podcast, OCSI data




VOLUME 2 (2018)

Vol 2, Issue 12, Dec 2018

incl CAST Design Hop coming to Birmingham, NCVO digital and tech, WM Digital skills partnership launch, Angela Style, Small Charities Coalition, ‘Charity as a Platform’, Support small charities, Most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK,Vacancies

Vol 2, Issue 11, Nov 2018

incl Data4Good conference sessions, Digital Leadership Fund, Digital skills development, UK Business & Charities Digital Index 18, Matt Howarth, Charity Digital Conference 2018, Reflections: UK Charities and Digital Identity Research, Vacancies

Vol 2, Issue 10, Oct 2018

incl Data4Good conference programme, CAST Design Hop workshops, Small Charity CEOs Facebook group, Lightful user testing sessions, Events & Training, Dr Chris Meah, Co-op service design, Julie Dodd, news media and librarians, Dan Corry’s ‘NPC Ignites 2018’ speech, Vacancies

Vol 2, Issue 9, Sept 2018

incl Wellness hackday, Voluntary sector trends, Digital WM: Project 2020, Young People’s Cultural Journeys across the West Midlands, Impact Hub Birmingham: a #50Radicals winner, Public Sector Digital in the Midlands, Events & Training, Kari Lawler, Twitter, Universal Credit, Smart Cities, Google Dataset search, Digital Literacy, Birmingham Community Homes, Vacancies 

Vol. 2, Issue 8, Aug 2018

incl Voluntary sector trends, Grants awarded in the West Midlands, Civil Society Strategy commentaries, Events & Training, Research help request from Think Social Tech , Tech for good podcast, Time to throw out your ‘digital’ strategy, Profiles in Transformational Leadership, Great Charity Speakers website, the right structure for your charity digital team, Duffer’s Guide to Tech for Good, Digital Check-up, Vacancies and thanks

Vol. 2, Issue 7, Jul 2018

incl. Pop-up Glass Room, New Volunteering Data, Digital state of the sector, Charity Digital Code of practice consultation, Events & Training, @CommsCamp, Reading, Listening & Resources, Vacancies

Vol. 2, Issue 6, June 2018

incl iSandwellCamp18, Huffpost Listens, Warwickshire CAVA, Local charities, Charity Commission Board members sought, Foundation Trustee boards, Digital Transformation, Building Digital Capacity, Events/Training, @ClareStreets (again), Reading/Listening/Resources & Vacancies

Vol. 2, Issue 5, May 2018

incl. Public Sector Digi/Tech meetup, In her (Irish) Shoes: Women of the Eighth, Irish Citizens’ #Hometovote Tweets, Charity Response To The Facebook Data Scandal?, Reach Funding will help recruit Digital Trustees, Events/Training, @KariLawler, Reading/Listening/Resources & Vacancies

Vol. 2, Issue 4, Apr 2018

incl. Abilitynet Techforgood Awards, VCSSCamp 8 Roundup, CAST Fuse Programme for Smaller Nonprofits, List Of Charity Speakers ‘Who Are Not White And Male’, Darren Wright, Events/Training, Reading/Listening/Resources & Vacancies

Vol. 2, Issue 3, Mar 2018

incl. Data Orchard Data Savvy Programme, Charity Digital Skills Report 2018, Charity Digital Code Of Practice, Jane Ide, Open Data, Funding+ programmes, BAMES stock images, Building a data culture Events/Training, Reading/Listening/Resources & Vacancies

Vol. 2, Issue 2, Feb 2018

incl. Digileaders 100 awards 2018, Digital skills 2017, Social media, Digital attitudes report 2018, Oxfam scandal: 9 charts that show what charities do, Sharon Kaur, Events/Training, Reading/Listening & Vacancies

Vol 2, Issue 1, Jan 2018

Incl. Shropshire Council Library Services Strategy, Basic Digital Skills Framework consultation, @LondonKirsty on Facebook Newsfeed changes, Open Data Day WM event, @Stemettes in Birmingham on IWD, Tech Hubs incl. Birmingham, Michael Ellis, Events/Training, Reading/Listening & Vacancies


VOLUME 1 (2017) 

Vol. 1, Issue 12, Dec 2017

Incl BCC Grant Giving Data, NAVCA Future Forward conference, Impact Hub Birmingham Team membership, Clare Streets (School of Code), Blog: Best #TechForGood of 2017, Events/Training, Reading/Listening & Vacancies

Vol 1, Issue 11, Nov 2017

Incl #BizIndex17 update, Molly Thompson (Silicon Canal), Events/Training, Reading & Vacancies

Vol 1, Issue 10, Oct 2017

Incl #BizIndex17 launch, NPC Ignites 17, Immy Kaur (Impact Hub Birmngham) and TEDxBrum

Vol 1, Issue 9, Sept 2017

Incl #TechMums in Walsall, @ODIHQ #DataEthics Canvas, @MattHancock at @BrumSMC, @MarthaLaneFox (Doteveryone) on #DigitalUnderstanding

Vol 1, Issue 8, Aug 2017 

Incl. help w Charity Comms, Digital Heatmap, Global NGO Tech report, Events/Training, Mandy Johnson (Small Charities Coalition)

Vol 1, Issue 7, Jul 2017

Incl #GDPR, @Net2Midlands Summer #Techforgood social, @TonyBhajam (Beatfreeks), #Data4good

Vol 1, Issue 6, June 2017

Incl @doteveryoneuk @MattHancock @Net2Midlands, @InsideOutcomes @TechnologyTrust

Vol 1, Issue 5, May 2017

Incl. West Midlands Mayor’s Dashboard, Incoming CEO Of Small Charities Coalition, 5 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Online Privacy, What Next For Digital Social Innovation?, Doteveryone Ethical Tech Initiatives Directory, Digital Social Innovation Toolkit Launch, How Charities Can Make The Most Of Google Analytics, Want To Be A Widening Digital Participation Pathfinder?, 8 Social Media Tips For Food Banks, Hope Meadows (PROR), Events/Training, Reading & Vacancies

Vol 1, Issue 4, Apr 2017

Incl. #BCD17HACK – A First For Social Enterprise In Birmingham, Creating Great Digital Content On A Budget, GDPR: You May Need To Compensate Your Supporters If You Infringe Their Data Protection Rights, Do We Need Libraries In The Age Of Google?, 10 Steps Public Sector CEOs Can Take To Make Smarter Use Of Data, Charities and Tech toolkit, New Technology Doesn’t Have To Be Hard, Why Charities Must Put Users First, WM Metro Mayor candidates (WMCA), Events/Training, Reading & Vacancies

Vol 1, Issue 3, Mar 2017

Incl. Open Data Day 2017 In the West Midlands, 10 Inspirational Women In Charity Digital, 268 Women In The UK Who Could Speak At Your Tech Event, Digital Maturity Benchmark For The Charity Sector, iSandwell – Supporting Digital Skills In The Region, Charities And Digital Reports, Brum Youth Trends 2017, Technation 17, Lisa Commane (CCC), Events/Training, Reading & Vacancies

Vol 1, Issue 2, Feb 2017

Incl. #BrumCharityHour launch, Open Data Communities, Building digital products in a small- to medium-sized charity, Creative Commons unveils a new photo search engine, Coming Together As A Tech for Good Community, Basic Digital Skills work going to the Tech Partnership, updated independent Cafes and Venues Directory, Mark Rogers (BCC), Events/Training, Reading & Vacancies

Vol 1, Issue 1, Jan 2017

Incl. Comic Relief Tech vs Abuse, Charity Digital Skills report, Peter Hay (BCC), Events/Training, Reading & Vacancies

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