Third-Sector

Make-A-Wish International has teamed up with a PC online gaming subscription service to raise money for its work granting wishes to seriously ill children. Through the partnership, Netherlands-based online subscription service Utomik will donate £4.30 to the charity for each new subscriber who signs up through a specially set up Make-A-Wish portal on its website. Utomik will continue to donate part of the subscription of those that sign up via the portal if they remain a long-time subscriber. Family subscriptions The money will be used to support the charity’s wish granting work globally. Additionally, Utomik will donate family subscriptions to children supported by the charity.Read More →

Action for Children is to use a mobile and tablet app to help children in care let their social workers know how they are feeling. Looked after children supported by the charity will be given access to the app that has been developed by technology organisation Mind of My Own. The app, which has been co-designed by children and young people, enables children to share worries and concerns they have directly with their social workers, who will be able to more regularly assess children’s wellbeing and happiness. It uses child-focused language and design to help young people share thoughts confidentially. The UK wide roll outRead More →

Three charities are to share £1m in government funding to use digital tools and content to address parental conflict. The money has been handed to digital inclusion charity the Good Things Foundation, Action for Children and One Plus One Marriage and Partnership Research through the Department for Work and Pensions’ Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund. This has been set up to help disadvantaged parents and children in homes affected by conflict. Key target groups are families on low income and with health issues, who the DWP says are among those most of risk of parental conflict. Improving access to support The Good Things Foundation hasRead More →

A partnership of 26 debt charities is rebranding to improve its online presence and help people more easily find it through search engines. Capitalise, a London wide partnership of charities, is to rebrand as Debt Free London from 23 April. It is hoped the new name will help it become a more obvious destination for people searching for advice online. The rebrand will also see its website revamped to make it simpler for users. An online social media campaign, on Facebook and Instagram, as well as advertising on public transport will also take place to promote its services. “Debt is not only one of LondonersRead More →

A youth charity has moved to a cloud-based phone system to cut costs and improve the quality of calls. The Merseyside Youth Association had been using a traditional combination of a private branch exchange (PBX), which is a private telephone network within an organisation, and intergrated services digital network (ISDN), which transmits video and data as well as voice. As part of an overhaul of its communications it has now adopted the ISTRA cloud system, that has been developed by communications firm Centile. The charity says that since the switch to a cloud based system call costs have reduced and the quality of calls hasRead More →