Changing lives through accessible technology.

Are you a disabled person wanting free help to access the internet, a community group in need of some IT support or an IT professional wanting to help? Then the organisations listed below are of interest to you.

AbilityNet is a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. Our special expertise is ensuring that whatever your age, health condition, disability or situation you find exactly the right way to adapt or adjust your ICT to make it easier to use.

Aidis Trust
The Aidis Trust is a charity that provides free, impartial technology advice and support to people with disabilities across the UK. Their aim to empower people with disabilities, through knowledge of assistive technology, to help them communicate and increase their independence by using technology to help reduce isolation.

Charity Technology Trust (CTT)
CTT aims to work in partnership with the third sector to support and guide charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to use technology to enhance the way they work and collaborate. In addition, through its CTXchange scheme it offers access to highly discounted software from Microsoft, Cisco and other IT companies.

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO)
Provides advice and support to voluntary organisations in Greater Manchester, including cost-effective open source databases that allow organisations to manage and take control of their communications and performance.

IT Can Help
IT Can Help is a network of volunteers who are able to offer free local computer assistance to disabled people. They can diagnose and fix most computer related problems; Install and set up hardware, software, internet, email and accessibility settings.

The UK’s leading national IT volunteering programme. Their main areas of activity are:

  • Helping charities and community/voluntary groups to find volunteers to help with their IT needs
  • Helping IT professionals to find suitable IT volunteering opportunities
  • Providing support for volunteering projects from project definition to project completion

Manchester Net Squared
Manchester Net Squared (#mcrn2) brings together social changemakers and web innovators to network, socialise and share ideas. It’s about how nonprofits and social benefit organisations* can use the web for social change.

Social Media Surgeries are free monthly events for those in need of hands-on advice and tips. People come along to help give advice to local charities and community projects. There are currently several such groups active in Greater Manchester:

Nominet Trust
Nominet Trust is a social investor that funds Internet-based projects that contribute to a trusted, accessible Internet used to improve lives and communities.

One Central Place
One Central Place is a comprehensive source of contact information for voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups in Manchester, together with the details of organisations that support the work undertaken within the sector.

TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. As part of that goal, we provide technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries.