Power Search with Google

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A community course of six, fifty minute lessons is being offered by Google online in July 2012. You can register from June 26th to July 16th.

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Freely accessible after registration, your group can improve its Google search skills by undertaking the free courses, with your certificate arriving by email when you have completed the course.

Finding information on the internet is a key skill for a community organisation these days, whether looking for informaton about funding, local charities or local history, for example.

These tutorials, complete with interactive examples to work with, can help you become a power searcher. Get more from the web for your community.

You can find the Google power searching tutorial access page here.

The SEC home page of our main website is here.

Poverty reporting: The Smith Institute

poorLawWelfarePic-mThe independent think tank The Smith Institute have recently published a new report on poverty in society.

The organisation, dedicated to the fairer society, tracks in the document a century of welfare reform, social initiatives and government policy on poverty and inequality.

The report suggests a number of measures that could be developed to combat the ever widening economic gap. The Institute sees these new interventions as being aimed at, what it calls the ‘pre-distribution’ agenda.

Essentially a refreshing of older ideas on tax levels, workplace structures and, importantly, mantaining pressure on the development of skills as basis for social and economic change.

The report stresses how important the role of civil society organisations can be, especially where they interact with skills development projects and the general labour market.

Community charities can have a strong role to play at the local grassroots level in this framework of ideas.

You can download, view or print the full report here. (.pdf file/ 2.8Mb)

The School of Volunteering

evSchoolButtonThere is a new free online school for those involved in volunteering.

A product of a European Union initiative the courses are available to both volunteers and to professionals working in organisations supporting volunteers.

The European Volunteering School web site has some nice graphics to point you in the right direction (click the blue people on the site to find out more!).

Courses are all free, accessed online and participant groups are limited to sixty students, so register quickly.

You can see the range of subjects on offer, how to apply and an introduction to free e-learning at the school here.

Courses on offer range from introduction to volunteering, project management, communication and marketing for volunteers and youth initiatives.

Being a better volunteer?