Women Connect Newsletter January 2004
publication date: 12 January 2004
Policy,recent funding,latest ICT updates and more - it's all here in our latest newsletter.
Welcome to the January edition of our quarterly network newsletter. It is a mix of news and issues related to women’s organisations and their use of ICT’s (Information, communication technology). If you have any suggestions for future issues please let us know.
For key points to consider in developing any website particularly on a low budget visit Communities Online website http://www.lincproject.org/toolkit/techtip_webguide.html
Although Bill Gates has cornered the market in software, ICT professionals in the voluntary sector say there is life beyond Microsoft. For information and advice on FREE alternatives visit http://www.lasa.org.uk/knowledgebase/pages/utilities.shtml Also check out Greennet resources and fee software downloads on http://www.gn.apc.org/support/index.html
Buying a digital camera for your project? Click on here for the BBC Webwise website for some easy to digest tips. You can also ask Bruce (a virtual webwise spider) a question of your own-Bruce will provide you with answers to the most frequently asked questions on the subject http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/askbruce/articles/scancam/buycam_1.shtml
Would you like an internet-ready PC and a year's free internet connection for your project? BT Community Connections Award Scheme aims to open up the world wide web to community groups across the UK, for details visit http://www.bitc.org.uk/resources/case_studies/bt_680.html
The Equalities Coalition is a newly formed network of organisations and individuals with an interest in equalities and non-discrimination issues in the UK. For more information contact the Fawcette Society http://www.equalities.org/
For a range of perspectives on the latest WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) process and updates on the December meeting in Geneva visit the following sites;
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Nottingham Women’s Counselling Project (Nottingham) offer person centred counselling sessions to women in Nottingham, in particular women who experience social exclusion and disadvantages as a result of trauma, abuse and mental health issues. Currently NWCP are reviewing their information and administration infrastructure to support their expansion-they have identified that ICT and networking are crucial to supporting their organisational development. Anne Rockliffe who originally worked with the project on secondment from the public sector through an ‘Interchange opportunity’ scheme, is keen to turn ideas into action and ICT’s are one resource that can help progress.
Turkish Kurdish Welfare Group (London) works for the benefit of Turkish speaking women in Islington, providing advice, information and educational opportunities on health and social welfare. Gul Kocak says that the project’s key aim this year is to get online and provide on site IT training courses for local women, women can then have direct access to information services and educational courses.
The Women’s Centre (Sutton) LTD provides emotional and practical support to women on issues that affect their health and well being. The Women’s Centre also offers learning opportunities, creative activities and volunteer development to build women’s confidence and self esteem. Ailsa McLoughlin support worker/co-ordinator is looking to develop an ICT strategy for the organisation which includes creating a website to raise awareness of project services to local women and agencies. The centre already rely heavily on technology to run an internet caf?, regular IT classes for women, administration and fundraising work.
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