Do you need to be zooming?

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It’s April 2020 and people’s lives in all parts of the world are being affected by the Covid 19 Pandemic.

The short and medium term effects, including changes in how we use technology, are likely to go on for some months.

The long term effects will go on for years.

Video conferencing using Zoom

In our sector, people who never used video conferencing before this pandemic are having to suddenly get their heads around the various platforms in order to have meetings, deliver services, keep helping their beneficiaries.

Zoom, a platform developed for business purposes, for big organisations with IT departments, seems to have become the goto platform. Currently more than 200m people are logging on to use it every day.

Internet evangelist and social videographer John Popham observed about the Zoom phenomenon:

And this is where we come in with some more information about alternatives to Zoom.

Most people will have heard of these others of course, but it might be a good reminder of what they can do, and a chance to reconsider which platform is most suited to our needs.

No IT department?

If you’re not a big organisation with an IT department, other video calling options as alternatives to Zoom are available:

Google hangouts – free group video call with up to 10 people, group chats (typing text) for up to 150 people – here’s a good article about how to use hangouts including how it works if you don’t have a Google account

Skype – free group video call with up to 50 people, available even if you don’t have a Skype account

WhatsApp video – free group video call with up to 4 people, available if everyone has the WhatsApp app on their phone

Regional CVSs and Covid-19

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Councils for Voluntary Service

“A Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) is a type of charity in England. CVSs are “the place at which local voluntary and community organisations speak to each other”. They offer a wide variety of services and support for local organisations, for example training, or advice on funding”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_for_Voluntary_Service

Each CVS in the various parts of the West Midlands has a link to information about the local response to the Covid19 pandemic.

Updates


Some of these pages are updated on a regular basis. Please check back regularly.

CVS on Twitter


Each CVS’s Twitter feed should give you their latest information.

Something missing?


Please let us know if we have missed an area or organisation by emailing me at paulineroche.news@gmail.com 

PlaceAgencyCOVID19 info Twitter
Birmingham Birmingham Voluntary Service Council https://www.bvsc.org/C19SupportBrum https://twitter.com/BVSC
Bromsgrove & RedditchBromsgrove and Redditch Network https://barn.org.uk/covid-19/https://twitter.com/BARNNetwork
Coventry Voluntary Action Coventry http://www.vacoventry.org.uk/https://twitter.com/VACoventry
DudleyDudley Council for Voluntary Service http://dudleycvsreview.org/covid-19-community-action-and-support/https://twitter.com/DudleyCVS
Herefordshire Community First (Herefordshire & Worcestershire)https://www.comfirst.org.uk/community_firstrsquos_response_to_coronavirushttps://twitter.com/comfirst
Malvern Hills Community Action Malvern & District https://www.communityaction.org.uk/stay-connected-help-line/https://twitter.com/CommunityActio1
Sandwell Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations https://www.scvo.info/covid-19/https://twitter.com/SCVOSandwell
Shropshire Shropshire Rural Community Council https://www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/news/coronavirus-update/?hid=#-anchorhttps://twitter.com/Shropshire_RCC
Solihull Colebridge Trust & Enterprisehttps://colebridge.org/covid-19/latest-notice/https://twitter.com/colebridgetrust
Staffordshire Support Staffordshire (includes Cannock Chase, Lichfield and Tamworth) https://www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/covid-19-supporthttps://twitter.com/supportstaffs
Stoke on TrentVoluntary Action Stoke On Trent (VAST) https://corona19.vast.org.uk/https://twitter.com/VASTstaffs
Stratford-on-Avon Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon District https://www.vasa.org.uk/corvid-19-update-27th-march/https://twitter.com/vasaorg
Telford & WrekinTelford & Wrekin CVShttps://www.telfordandwrekincvs.org.uk/update-covid-19-coronavirushttps://twitter.com/TelfordVolServe
Walsall One Walsallhttps://onewalsall.org/https://twitter.com/One_Walsall
Warwick & Warwickshire & SolihullWarwickshire Community and Voluntary Action https://www.wcava.org.uk/covid-19https://twitter.com/wcavaorg
Worcester & WorcestershireCommunity First (Herefordshire & Worcestershire) https://www.comfirst.org.uk/community_firstrsquos_response_to_coronavirus https://twitter.com/comfirst 
Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council http://www.wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk/covid19/https://twitter.com/WolvesVSC

Charities and data in England and Wales

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Introduction

We’ve been talking about charity data for a few years, working to increase data literacy and data sharing in and around our sector. We were one of the nine partners in the first Data for Good conference in Birmingham in 2018.

The conversation around data and it’s use by charities is developing so we decided to collate some of the resources we have come across and/or used. We’d be pleased to hear about others.

Sources and links to information on data about and for charities

Blogposts

The best data resources for UK charities by Chloe Green, 5th April 2019, Charity Digital

Charities in the UK – Statistics & Facts by Daniel Clark, 17th Jan 2020, Statista

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) FAQs for charities, Information Commissioners Office

Databases/Directories

Charitybase – free, open source database, API and web app which provides public information on the activities, locations and finances of the 168,000 charities registered in England and Wales.

CharityChoice – charity directory, providing detailed information on over 160,000 registered UK charities

Grantnav, 360 Giving – supports organisations to publish their grants data in an open, standardised way and helps people to understand and use the data to support decision-making and learning across the charitable giving sector.

Housing Databank June 2019, Shelter – brings together government data on housing need, supply, affordability and other issues at a local, regional and national level.

UK Civil Society Almanac 2019, NCVO , 2019 – definitive resource on the state of the voluntary sector. The Almanac produces insights on what voluntary organisations do, their income and spending, workforce, volunteers and the sector’s impact

Organisations

360 Giving – charity which helps UK funders publish open, standardised grants data, and empowers people to use it to improve charitable giving.

Charity Digital – charity which helps other charities accelerate their missions using digital technology

Datakind UK – charity which supports charities and social enterprises large and small to work on and with their data using data science

NCVO – infrastructure organisation which champions the voluntary sector and volunteering

NPC – charity which supports charities, philanthropists, funders and social enterprises to maximise their social impact. 

Operational Research Society – charity which helps inform strategic, tactical and operational decisions as well as assisting in the design of public policy. 

Pro Bono Economics – charity helping charities and social enterprises improve their impact and value

Royal Statistical Society – charity which advocates the key role of statistics and data in society, working to ensure that policy formulation and decision making are informed by evidence for the public good.

Papers/Reports

Charities and the voluntary sector: statistics By Richard Keen & Lukas Audickas, 16th Aug 2017, House of Commons Library

Investment Spotlight report 2019 – examines the investment performance of the UK’s top 5,000 charities in terms of income and assesses the size of the charity investment market over the past 10 years.

Open data and charities: a state of the art review written for Nominet Trust by Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt, Thanassis Tiropanis, Kieron O’Hara and Tim Davies, July 2012

Where are England’s charities? by Dan Corry, 16th Jan 2020, npc – author uses data to ask if the current distribution of charities around the country is what we would want in an ideal world and explores what government, funders and charities could do about it.