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The entire eLearning industry is being asked to get behind Global Giveback UK, by donating resources and expertise to charities to support essential skills development in the third sector. All L&D organisations and individuals can help – find out how at Learning Technologies.

Charities need help! Global Giveback UK is not asking for any financial contributions, but does need the support of the eLearning industry in the UK to ensure the success of the Global Giveback UK initiative to help generate free learning resources specifically for the charity and voluntary sector.

Here's how Global Giveback UK will work, what it's looking for, and how e-learning professionals can contribute resources and expertise. 

Online learning resources and expertise. Global Giveback UK is not asking anyone for any money and all charities in the UK can benefit, not just the members of The Charity Learning Consortium. A curriculum of need is being established, to try and match resources to third sector requirements but all donated content is most welcome.

Who can help?

  • Freelance professionals working in the eLearning industry that are willing to help create content for the charity sector or in other ways.
  • Those working in corporate eLearning and have time to spare to help a charity with a specific project, or those with a specific area of knowledge and expertise that could benefit charities. Most projects will be carried out online, through specific groups and forums.
  • eLearning publishers that could create something for the charity sector or who have content that could be remastered.
  • eLearning suppliers donating generic resources, or bespoke content that could be adapted (with permission).
  • Those working in the media who could help to promote Global Giveback UK. Media sponsors are being sought to help to raise the profile of this campaign, with updates to raise awareness of the great work that is being done, and to help publicise any specific calls for action.
  • Those involved in L&D in the third sector are being asked to identify what resources would be of most benefit. A curriculum of needs is being established so that Global Giveback UK can try and match donated resources to requirements. Additionally, those in the third sector that may also have charity-specific e-learning resources to share with others in the third sector.
  • Other suggestions or contributions are also welcome. The team behind Global Giveback UK is at the start of an exciting journey and is bursting with ideas - but they don't have all the answers! The campaign will evolve as it goes along. Those with suggestions are invited to send them in.

How will Global Giveback UK work?

All content will be available on one repository to make it as accessible as possible. Content will also be accessible to third sector staff directly through social media, wherever possible, enabling those working in the sector to access content 'anytime, anyplace, anywhere'. This kind of accessibility is crucial for the sector - those working in care charities, for example, may not have a desk, whilst those working in charity shops may have no access to the Internet whilst working, so flexibility when it comes to accessing learning is critical.

There's a short film and more information on the Global Giveback UK Facebook page.

Celebrating success

Success will be celebrated with a special recognition award for the best Global Giveback UK project 2013 at the Charity Learning Awards in the autumn. Very welcome donations will be publicised and progress updates will also be produced.

How to get in touch

The team would love to chat more about Global Giveback UK and is encouraging e-learning professionals to get in touch. The enthusiastic Global Giveback UK team will be at stand number 31 at Learning Technologies, 29-30 January, London and may also be reached on LinkedIn and Facebook. Additionally, Martin Baker, CEO and founder of The Charity Learning Consortium and Ian Ross, Learning Technologies Manager at The Charity Learning Consortium, are also available to discuss the initiative.