How IT can help the voluntary sector

Issue date: 26 October 2000

The effects of information technology (IT) on the community, now and in the future, is the subject of a conference to be held in Bristol on Monday 30 October.

“IT in Bristol's Community Sector - the Way Forward” is a Conference and Workshop organised by Connections and VOSCUR (Voluntary Organisations Standing Conference on Urban Regeneration). Voscur brings together voluntary sector groups across Bristol.

Morris Williams, of the Community Information Systems' Centre at UWE said “IT is an important element in the work of the voluntary sector enabling information exchange, participation and inclusion. The conference will showcase some current local developments and their impact on our future planning”.

The areas covered by the speakers will include

 the future of IT in Bristol's voluntary sector - the next two years

 Sarah Lord of the London Advice Services Alliance will speak on e-Government and the role of the voluntary sector in achieving inclusion.

 Helen Moss, Director, Greater Bristol Foundation will focus on what funders are looking for.

Among the workshops will be:

 Access for all - Muhammad Ali, Regional Director, CEMVO

 Finding a voice through ICTs - Clodagh Miskelly, True Stories, UWE

 Projects for young people - Folake Shoga, CYBA & Carolyn Hassan, KWMP (Knowle West Media Project).

 ICTs and regeneration - Ray Sefia, Managing Director, CEED

 Using ICTs to meet core objectives - Bryan Cox, The Care Forum

The cost of the conference is only £5.00 a head and open to all those in the voluntary sector.

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Editors Notes:

The conference is on Monday October 30, 2000 9.30am till 4pm at Pamwell Centre, Pennywell Rd. Easton BRISTOL BS5 0TX (Note: this is an accessible venue) and the cost is £5.00, including lunch.
Connections is a partnership between the University of the West of England,
Barton Hill Settlement and the Voluntary Sector.

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