I have just read a great blog
by Ian Runeckles
, ICT Development Consultant at Lasa
in London, UK exploring the history of Circuit Riders from the UK perspective.
The blog (here
) highlights how the ICT challenges the voluntary sector faced back in the 90's in terms of lack of knowledge, skills and strategic thought are still the same challenges us Circuit Riders face with organisations today.
The big difference now is that our efforts are more focussed on strategic and effective use of low- or no- cost internet-based technologies that are much easier to understand and implement. Thankfully for the users, the need to learn 'computing' and 'networking' is long gone and staff and volunteers can put their energies into front line work rather than battling with technology.
The article also mentions how Lasa's Circuit Rider programme impacted on the development of Communities 2.0
saying it had a: "significant effect on the development of circuit riding on Wales, where a similar training programme has been running as part of a larger European funded programme of ICT development
What do you think the future of Circuit Riding in the UK holds? Do the improvements in technology remove the need for specialist strategic support? Are there better models of ICT support delivery we should look to adopt?