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Missing People finalists for WCIT Charity IT Award

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Missing People finalists for WCIT Charity IT Award

Post by sharonl on 12.08.18 22:30

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) and it's Charity (the WCIT Charity) see technology as a force for good. The WCIT Charity is offering it's first ever Charity IT Award of £750,000 to champion the transformative power of IT to help charities have a bigger impact on people’s lives.
Missing People has been selected as one of the five finalists for the WCIT Charity IT Award by an independant judging panel.
Missing People proposes to develop an ambitious ‘one safe click’ approach to drastically increase the charity’s capacity to reach everyone affected by a disappearance – a number that is estimated to be one million people a year. The work will involve several partners and use multiple channels (WhatsApp, Skype, social media), chatbots as well as a mobile enabled platform to reach more people and provide support, including via online communities. Once the technology is created Missing People would like to share it sector-wide to achieve maximum impact.
Jo Youle, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that the esteemed judging panel has shortlisted Missing People. 180,000 children and adults go missing each year in the UK, many more than once. Going missing indicates vulnerability including mental health, child sexual exploitation, relationship breakdown, or abuse. Our Project, ‘One Safe Click’ will ensure that everyone affected can get help anytime, anywhere, on any device.” Jo Youle, CEO of Missing People
The team at Missing People are preparing for the next stages, which will involve extensive due diligence over the summer, ahead of the winner announcement on 10 October.

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Re: Missing People finalists for WCIT Charity IT Award

Post by sharonl on 08.10.18 23:00

[size=35]issing People wins WCIT grant with CALM[/size]

Written by Ms Georgia Romeril on Friday, 05 October 2018.


Missing People is delighted to announce that we will be the shared beneficiary of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) Charity IT award, alongside CALM (The Campaign against Living Miserably). This was a highly competitive process, from 76 charities down to two lucky winners. 
The grant will truly help the charity to realise the One Safe Click project, which has digital transformation at its heart. Both charities will receive £300K over three years, with many offers of other potential support from WCIT.
Jo Youle, Chief Executive of Missing People, said: “This opportunity to work with WCIT and its members is significant, and the funding from their Charity IT Award truly transformative. WCIT is the perfect partner for our One Safe Click project that aims to enable more vulnerable people to access the charity’s help in the way they want to reach us, and for us to begin organisational digital transformation to support this.  
Working together with WCIT and CALM, we see huge opportunity to share learning that will have significant benefit for the voluntary sector, especially Helpline providers.”
Gary Moore, a trustee of the WCIT Charity, said: “We are very enthusiastic about the possibilities to help these two charities achieve their ambitions and also to build expertise and experience to assist other charities in this critical technology area. We are at our best when we use not just our money but also our members’ expertise. So we believe that the outcome from this award could take us to some very exciting places.”

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Post by Cmaryholmes on 09.10.18 7:40

Rsharonl wrote:[size=35]issing People wins WCIT grant with CALM[/size]

Written by Ms Georgia Romeril on Friday, 05 October 2018.


Missing People is delighted to announce that we will be the shared beneficiary of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) Charity IT award, alongside CALM (The Campaign against Living Miserably). This was a highly competitive process, from 76 charities down to two lucky winners. 
The grant will truly help the charity to realise the One Safe Click project, which has digital transformation at its heart. Both charities will receive £300K over three years, with many offers of other potential support from WCIT.
Jo Youle, Chief Executive of Missing People, said: “This opportunity to work with WCIT and its members is significant, and the funding from their Charity IT Award truly transformative. WCIT is the perfect partner for our One Safe Click project that aims to enable more vulnerable people to access the charity’s help in the way they want to reach us, and for us to begin organisational digital transformation to support this.  
Working together with WCIT and CALM, we see huge opportunity to share learning that will have significant benefit for the voluntary sector, especially Helpline providers.”
Gary Moore, a trustee of the WCIT Charity, said: “We are very enthusiastic about the possibilities to help these two charities achieve their ambitions and also to build expertise and experience to assist other charities in this critical technology area. We are at our best when we use not just our money but also our members’ expertise. So we believe that the outcome from this award could take us to some very exciting places.”
Is this real ? This reads like a spoof to me. There can’t really be an organisation called ‘Campaign Against Living Miseraby’, can there ?? Or ‘Worshipful Whatsit ‘? ?

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Re: Missing People finalists for WCIT Charity IT Award

Post by sar on 09.10.18 14:07

.....excuse my cynicism but as a former practitioner of the dark arts:

"This was a highly competitive process, from 76 charities down to two lucky winners"


Utter bs, this is simply a cover for funding that was always going to go to them.


“…increase the charity’s capacity to reach everyone affected by a disappearance – a number that is estimated to be one million people a year.”


estimated figures?  Based on what?  Happy to be corrected but looks like around 490 people go missing every day??????  Wow, that's a lot!!
 
Missing People has been selected as one of the five finalists for the WCIT Charity IT Award by an independant judging panel.”


who is on the judging panel? independant from what?
 
“The work will involve several partners and use multiple channels (WhatsApp, Skype, social media), chatbots as well as a mobile enabled platform to reach more people and provide support, including via online communities.”


"Partners" usually means rip off merchants who over charge and under deliver, usually in IT or similar but seem to get away with it anyway.  In this case probably just means more snouts in the trough.




 “Once the technology is created Missing People would like to share it sector-wide to achieve maximum impact.”


Ostensibly sounds very generous of them....usually means we'll find another mug in another territory who we'll fleece once were finished in this country.
 
“…which will involve extensive due diligence over the summer”


Why would it not?  What are they trying to convince us of?
 
“…ahead of the winner announcement on 10 October”


Check you diaries, this will be timed to coincide with something of similar significance / insignificance.

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Post by Phoebe on 09.10.18 16:21

@sar wrote:.....excuse my cynicism but as a former practitioner of the dark arts:

"This was a highly competitive process, from 76 charities down to two lucky winners"


Utter bs, this is simply a cover for funding that was always going to go to them.

 
“…increase the charity’s capacity to reach everyone affected by a disappearance – a number that is estimated to be one million people a year.”


estimated figures?  Based on what?  Happy to be corrected but looks like around 490 people go missing every day??????  Wow, that's a lot!!
 
Missing People has been selected as one of the five finalists for the WCIT Charity IT Award by an independant judging panel.”


who is on the judging panel? independant from what?
 
“The work will involve several partners and use multiple channels (WhatsApp, Skype, social media), chatbots as well as a mobile enabled platform to reach more people and provide support, including via online communities.”


"Partners" usually means rip off merchants who over charge and under deliver, usually in IT or similar but seem to get away with it anyway.  In this case probably just means more snouts in the trough.




 “Once the technology is created Missing People would like to share it sector-wide to achieve maximum impact.”


Ostensibly sounds very generous of them....usually means we'll find another mug in another territory who we'll fleece once were finished in this country.
 
“…which will involve extensive due diligence over the summer”


Why would it not?  What are they trying to convince us of?
 
“…ahead of the winner announcement on 10 October”


Check you diaries, this will be timed to coincide with something of similar significance / insignificance.
Not sure about the 10th of October but otherwise  agree

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Re: Missing People finalists for WCIT Charity IT Award

Post by Rogue-a-Tory on 09.10.18 17:05

Page 5 to the WCIT Trustees' report for the year ended 31 December 2017 and signed off on 20 June 2018 states;


The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Charity

(A company limited by guarantee)

Trustees' report (continued)
For the year ended 31 December 2017

Special Project Fund

In 2018 the WCIT Charity plans to give a £750 000 grant to a charitable project that uses the innovative nature and power of IT to tackle the identified needs of either young people's education or those contending with disadvantage, disability or social exclusion. The plan is to open this up as widely as possible and invite a simple expression of interest that will be reviewed by an independent consultant. A long list of 20 or so projects will be reviewed by a judging plan to select 4-6 pProjects who will prepare an in-depth application and presentation.


How does Missing People app/technology fit in with this clearly defined objective? Missing people are far from exclusively young - in the recent BBC programme they were middle to old age - and the Missing People app/technology doesn't aim to address education, disadvantage, disability or social exclusion. Unless you class being missing as a weird kind of social exclusion!
 
Seems to me this is yet another fudge or sop to pump 'chunks' of money into what I consider to be a very questionable charity.
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