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Partnership launches to boost digital skills among charities

The Catalyst has backing from a raft of organisations, including the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as well as Comic Relief.

A new partnership has launched to improve the use of digital skills and technology in the UK’s charity sector.

The collaborative is called The Catalyst and has been set up by digital social change charity CAST with £1.6m funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further support has come from the City Bridge TrustComic ReliefBig Lottery Community FundEsmee Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The aim of The Catalyst is to improve how charities can use digital to help tackle social and environmental issues. This includes helping organisations be more responsive to communities they serve, more resilent and to work more collaboratively with others in a bid to accelerate the use of digital in the UK’s voluntary sector.

Creative, digital and charities

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “This is about what happens when creativity, digital and civil society come together.

Liz Warner, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, added: “Investment in digital and the creative use of tech has the opportunity to disrupt and trainsform the sector.

website, which offers people the chance to sign up for information and updates has been set up to promote the work of the Catalyst. In addition, the collaborative has a social media prescence on Twitter.

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