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

  • #techforgood news

  • events/training

  • people

  • reading/resources

  • 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.


Vol 4, Issue 9, end-July 2020

  • News including 2nd Diversity in Tech Brum meeting, Code Your Future calls for volunteers, 1st BAME Online fundraising conference, APPG on Digital Skills report on Covid19 impact, Birmingham Tech NED Board members announced, Youth4AI work in peril, Tech for Good as topic for Charity Meetup Birmingham
  • Events and Training incl Developing a post-lockdown digital strategy, Practical tips to get more out of analytics, Black Tech Pipeline Fireside chat and Digital skills for seniors
  • People: David Scurr, Outgoing Partnership & Project Manager, Citizens Online
  • Resources incl NCVO Almanac 2020 and Tech for Good Live Digital Trustees session
  • Digital Stories: Deniz Ari & Adebola Alaba-Ige, student coders from Code Your Future




VOLUME 4 (2020)

Vol 4, Issue 8, end-June 2020

  • News including BAME in Tech Brum meeting, Black CodHer Coding programme, Tech for Good Live BLM thread, UK Black LGBTQ+ people in STEM event, Black Ballad to empower, create for & serve black women outside of London, Black Tech Pipeline launch, Catalyst proposal for new data collective, Facilitating online delivery: Celebrate Sandwell 2020
  • Events and Training incl Moving your services onlineDigiShift – TrusteesNonprofit Capacity Building in a Time of Covid, Coding Black Females evenings of Lightning TalksFrom Experience To Action; Creating Inclusive Cultures In PRInspiring Creativity and Women in Data Academy
  • People: Hera Hussain, Social entrepreneur, fighting gender-based violence with tech, founder of Chayn, starts in July as Chayn’s full time CEO
  • Resources incl Lending privilege: a talk by Anjuan Simmons, Black Tech Unplugged [podcast], Navigating the current digital emergency, What our Covid 19 online habits tell us about the digital skills we need, COVID-19 digital checklist for charity trustees and leaders and NPC interactive dashboard for charities and funders updated
  • Digital Stories: Davinder Singh and Osagie, student coders from Code Your Future 


Vol 4, Issue 7, end-May start-June 2020: Covid19 Special 5

  • News including Civic Square Dept of Dreams, Consumer Digital Index 2020, 2nd Birmingham Charity Meetup, Dudley People’s Archive, Track & Trace app scam warning, Doteveryone closing
  • Links to each CVS in your region Covid19 website pages
  • Some upcoming events, all happening online, including Video calls/remote working workshop, DigiLeaders Virtual, Data Driven Charities, Intro to writing charity letters and Glitch 2020 Digital self care Summer Programme
  • People: Tania Cohen CEO, 360 Giving
  • Reading & Resources: Links to resources for charities about using technology better including open directory, Media Trust Volunteer Platform and Fundraising for small charities
  • Vacancies: 360 Giving seeks UX researcher
  • Covid19 Digital Stories questions


Vol 4, Issue 6, mid-May 2020: Covid19 Special 4

  • News including new Dr Tech show w John Popham, new Charity Meetup in Birmingham, Funders news, Office for Civil Society update, School of Code Demo Day and Open Tech 2020
  • Links to each CVS in your region Covid19 website pages
  • Some upcoming events, all happening online, including Social Media during social isolation, TNLCF Digital Fund event, Intro to  the UK Data Service, Cyber Security for TSOs, Be More Digital Q & A, Boost Your Virtual Fundraising w digital and What the Hack
  • People: John Popham, Chief Executive at Civic Story Factory and Independent Civic Storyteller
  • Reading & Resources: Links to resources for charities about using technology better including Charity Commission Covid19-related financial difficulties guidance, Digital Service recipes, How to write to your employer about not returning to work yet, and the importance of standardised funder data
  • Vacancies: CAST is hiring (1st June deadline)
  • Covid19 Digital Stories from youthwork project Aptitude in Coventry and digital skills project Digikick in Birmingham


Vol 4, Issue 5, end-April start-May 2020: Covid19 Special 3

  • News including Birmingham Community Matters, Code Your Future, TfWM survey, Mentors sought, Digital teams from Catalyst, Zoe Amar on the digital divide, Funders information, Charity Digital Covid19 Resource Hub, New community radio launch in south Birmingham, WM-REDI Impact Monitor, Data from The Real Junk Food Project Brum and NPC
  • Links to each CVS in your region Covid19 website pages
  • Some upcoming events, all happening online, including Giving Tuesday, new Charity Meetup, CIPR NFP Comms during Covid19, Open Data Saves Lives, Intro to the UK Data Service, Digital Q & A for charities, and HackBack
  • People: Emily Burt, Editor, Third Sector magazine
  • Reading & Resources: Links to resources for charities about using technology better including video conferencing tips and Courses on the Skills Toolkit
  • NEW: Covid19 Digital Stories from Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Common Purpose, SCVO Sandwell and Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council


Vol 4, Issue 4, April 2020: Covid19 Special 2


  • News including a report from our first Digital WM News virtual meetup and other responses to the pandemic including from funders
  • Updated links to each CVS in your region website page with the latest local information about how they are responding to COVID 19
  • Some upcoming events, all happening online, including a chance to see and hear from social media guru Beth Kanter
  • People: Information about the new Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector, Rachael Maskell MP
  • Links to resources for charities about using technology better


Vol 4, Issue 3, March 2020: Covid19 Special


  • News including WMCA Community Support Hub, new Coronavirus Resilience Fund
  • Regional Councils for Voluntary Service and their Covid19 responses
  • Events including #HackQuarantine, Small Charities Coalition Sector Themed Online Meetups, dates for next regular meetups
  • People: Oliver Dowden MP – new Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Resources including Map of charities in the West Midlands, Covid19 Guidance for small charities, Guides to remote working and running remote events


Vol 4, Issue 2, February 2020


  • News including Be More Digital opportunity, Responding to change together conference, #Walsall2020, Birmingham Tech Tech for Good event
  • Events including #BeMoreDigital2020, Maxmising Media for Charities, Stemettes Hack Birmingham and Birmingham Tech launch
  • People: Baroness Diana Barran
  • Resources including How to build a data culture and Digital strategy advice
  • Vacancies 10 vacancies


Vol 4, Issue 1, January 2020


  • News including Levol-app launch, Walsall VCS Digital survey, Digital Candle to light path for charity leaders
  • Events including Online support and social media surgery, Crowdfund Wolves and WarwickHACK
  • People: Dave Ainsworth, TechforgoodCAST
  • Resources including Stepping up digital efforts in charities, Data Empowerment, Website redevolopment and Data flow
  • Vacancies 19 vacancies


VOLUME 3 (2019)

Vol 3, Issue 12, December 2019


  • News including Brum Data Workshops, Code Your Future coding school launching in Brum, 3rd cohort School of Code bootcampers confirmed, Charity Excellence Framework update, CRM Advice request, Food Poverty Mapping Project by Data Orchard
  • Events including You Got This 2020 conference and Data Essentials
  • People: Edafe Onerhime, Head of Data for Effective Development @DFID_UK
  • Resources including Next generation of charity leaders, How to design services that work, tools for funders, Charity Bank UK Social Sector Health check report, Data Champion podcast, Charities digital resources list, 2020 social networks predictions, Sample impact report, Guide to using 2019 IMD, Enhancing digital literacy with Wikipedia
  • Vacancies 15 vacancies

Vol 3, Issue 11, November 2019


  • News including iSandwell Accelerator, CodeYourFuture Birmingham, Lloyds Bank Charity Digital Index 2019, Closure of Impact Hub Birmingham
  • Events including Women in Tech Birmingham Lightning Talks and Tech Birmingham Does Christmas
  • People: Dr Sarah Jones, Head of School of Media, Birmingham City University
  • Resources including MusterPoint offer, Data-driver practice by charities, Building a data ecosystem in a low tech environment, Open University Digital literacy course, Digital safety resource, Website basics white paper and Community in numbers
  • Vacancies 9 vacancies

Vol 3, Issue 10, October 2019


  • News including School of Code Bootcamp applications open again and Brum Youth Trends 2019 launched
  • Events including Social media development sessions, Using Data to increase fundraising success and Embedding and sustaining Digital Champion projects
  • People: Rachel Rank, CEO, 360 Giving
  • Resources including DatakindUK case study
  • Vacancies 11 vacancies

Vol 3, Issue 9, September 2019


  • News including 2019 English Indices of Deprivation published, Call for urgent reappraisal of value of Datascience in civil society, National Data Strategy progress
  • Events including Charity Skillshare, Social Value in the West Midlands, Birmingham Tech Week, Brum Youth Trends, Hack The Midlands 4.0, Black STEAM 2019
  • People: Kirsty Marrins
  • Resources including 2 Tech for good podcasts, Wellbeing Guide for comms professionals, Climate ‘Tech for good’ resources, How to Boost Your Digital Skills (whatever your age)
  • Vacancies 10 vacancies

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 13 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 9 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
  • People: Vicky Foxcroft, the new Shadow Minister for Civil Society
  • Vacancies incl 7 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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