The Charity Digital Podcast returns to discuss charity work in a society under lockdown
This podcast is supported by CoopSys, the IT enablers for Charities. For more info see coopsys.net
The Charity Digital Podcast returns for another instalment, with this episode centring on the how charities can use tech to overcome the obstacles of COVID-19 lockdown. Our regular podcast highlights the challenges facing the sector, and the successful organisations that overcome them.
The world as we know it has changed. At least for now. The entire charity sector has been thrown into upheaval, as our day-to-day reality has disappeared overnight. With many of us confined to our homes, charities have faced a number of existential questions. The most pressing of which being, quite simply: how do we deliver our services to those who need them?
In this unprecedented situation, as we take increasingly-severe measures to disrupt the spread of COVID-19, we must rely more than ever on our digital systems. Though we may have to isolate physically, we will remain connected. For those of us in the charity sector, our work has never been more important; our services more valuable. We move towards new solutions and new technology to help us navigate this crisis.
But where do we begin?
Alongside our plethora of written content, this episode of the Charity Digital Podcast helps charities to make the sudden and unexpected shift to remote working. Charity Digital CEO Jonathan Chevallier is joined by Phil Anthony, co-Founder of CoopSys and Kate White, Manager at Digital support charity Superhighways, to they discuss how to get your charity working remotely through COVID-19. This includes information on what tech can help you stay connected to colleagues, donors and networks and how you can operate in a secure, collaborative and productive manner.
Phil Anthony speaks about the importance of ‘having a Plan B’. As we shift to remote systems, it may be more difficult to access help than in a traditional office environment - and our systems may not be up to the high standards we’re used to. So what can charities do when the systems we’re using fail or experience outages?
Kate White shares Superhighways’ experience of supporting charities through this transition and discusses the difficulty facing small charities who may be looking at some of these systems and technologies for the first time.
The podcast also discusses the importance of flexibility and offers practical guidance on getting your remote working practices and systems up and running.
The podcast also examines some of the more profound longterm implications of this shift from a technological perspective - such as questions of accessibility and flexible working arrangements.
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