Calling all UK service-delivering charities! Free Workshop Tuesday 26 March

The Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) is continuing our series of FREE, half-day digital ‘Design Hop’ workshops around the country at the moment, in partnership with lots of brilliant local partners and digital community networks.

In Feb/March we’re heading to Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, Leeds, Lincolnshire, London, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield and Warwickshire. Our Lincolnshire workshop is on Tuesday 26th March at The Venue, Navenby.

Design Hops are an energetic and practical introduction to the key concepts of ‘tech for good’ and digital development for charities. You’ll get to:

  • Hear lots of examples of what other charities have done with digital 📱
  • Unpack your assumptions around a key problem and examine it from your service users’ perspective 🤓
  • Understand what assets you have that might help 🏠
  • Hone in on one achievable thing to test, and how to test it 1️⃣
  • Identify next steps to move forwards, including how to overcome some of the internal cultural barriers many of us face ✅
  • Meet peers, experts and discover local networks and funding oppsto help make your ideas a reality! 💰

They’re a great first step (or ‘hop’) if you want to explore how an appropriate, focused use of digital technology and design methods can enhance your service delivery. Attending will also set you on the path to get further (free) support from the CAST network 😊

You’ll need to be a charity with service users in the UK for the content to work best. If you or anyone you know might be interested, see more info, including dates, at https://wearecast.org.uk/for-nonprofits/design-hops

Registration is open for all events listed, and we are accepting interest for future events in May/June as well – just sign up and you’ll be notified as soon as there’s a Hop near you.

Hope to see lots of you there!

“The workshop was very informative and an eye opener for what digital technology can achieve for charities. As a charity with a turnover under £1m, being able to learn about how various applications of digital technology have enabled other small charities to increase their reach or improve impact on client’s wellbeing has anchored the course into the reality of what may be possible and achievable. It also provided very useful practical information on funding and networking opportunities and a structure to test new approaches.” – Andreea Albu, CEO, Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering (February 2019)

“The CAST Design Hop was immensely valuable to us as a small charity. It reframed our ambitions, increased our knowledge and understanding of design development and most importantly how to ensure users are involved/represented. All the materials shared were useful and the workshop itself was a relaxed and step-by-step learning experience. Communication from CAST since the workshop has also been very helpful – they want to play a supportive part in your journey even after the session.” – Angela Schlenkhoff-Hus, Director, Coalition for Efficiency (January 2018)