How can charities and nonprofits prevent a cyber-attack? 

Cyber security, Data Management, Security

Katie Taaffe

 In a recent survey conducted by Third Sector and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) just half of nonprofit respondents were fully aware of the potential consequences of a cyber-attack on charities and 70% had no plans to deliver cyber security training in the next six months. A lack of action, knowledge, training and confidence among nonprofit organisations around cyber …

The Access Group acquires DutySheet Ltd. (Assemble) and expands its focus in the Not For Profit sector

News, Nonprofit, Public Sector, Technology in third sector

Katie Taaffe

The Access Group, one of the leading providers of business management software for small and mid-sized organisations in the UK, Ireland, and Asia Pacific, today announced the acquisition of DutySheet Ltd, trading as Assemble and DutySheet, a leading provider of cloud-based volunteer management software to hundreds of charities and public sector organisations.    The business will be incorporated into The Access …

Q&A: Behind the doors of Abbotsford House with Volunteer Coordinator Karen O’Brien-Barrett 

News, Nonprofit, Recruitment, Retention, Technology in third sector

Katie Taaffe

As we begin to step into a new post-pandemic phase, there is a sense of hope and optimism in the volunteering community. After several years of uncertain and unpredictable times, it seems what we are craving most of all is “business as usual.” Volunteer teams are firing on all cylinders to get back on track since funding gaps and the …

Assemble achieves ISO 27001:13 certification 

Data Management, Governance, News, Procurement, Public Sector, Security, Uncategorised

Katie Taaffe

We are proud to announce that after a rigorous independent audit by BSI, Assemble has been awarded with the prestigious, internationally recognised information security standard certificate ISO 27001:2013.   ISO 27001:2013 is the international standard for Information Security Management. It provides a best practice framework for companies to comply with confidentiality, integrity and legal compliance, providing confidence that the appropriate …

App overload? The power of a single volunteer management system

Digital Transformation, Features, Nonprofit, Public Sector

Katie Taaffe

Digital technology is designed and intended to help employees be more productive. However, a surplus of workplace applications — dubbed as app overload — could, in fact, cause the opposite effect. By switching between apps throughout the day, employees are less efficient and more likely to miss messages, actions, and deadlines.  In a survey among 2,000 workers from the US, UK, and Australia, 69% …

4 things to consider before buying a volunteer management system

Digital Transformation, News, Nonprofit, Procurement, Public Sector

Katie Taaffe

Getting started with a digital transformation of any kind is so much more than simply selecting and implementing a new piece of software. As well as overcoming a number of potential barriers to getting your project started, further challenges around attitudes to adoption, changes to process and organisation-wide culture can play a significant role in its success.   So, what should you consider when …

How is technology shaping volunteer management?

Digital Transformation, Features, Productivity, Technology in third sector

Katie Taaffe

Technology. Resist it as some of us might try, it’s there. Popping up in every workplace, every home, every commute, every school, every device. The connected world is an essential part of how we live – especially since the pandemic -and has enabled us the freedom of flexible working on a global scale. It’s a fast and furious sector that can barely keep …

A guide to Subject Access Requests and how Assemble can make light work of them 

Data Management, Features, Governance, Local Government, Nonprofit, Public Sector

Katie Taaffe

A subject access request (SAR) is the formal term for what happens when someone – in our case, a volunteer – asks for a copy of information you hold about them as part of their rights as a data subject under GDPR. They could ask verbally, in writing or even on social media. Then it’s on you to respond. It …

Rota software for scheduling volunteers; your questions answered.

Features, News, Productivity, Rotas

Katie Taaffe

The role of a volunteer manager clearly requires some serious ball-juggling skills! It’s a frighteningly multi-faceted position that demands a know-how in everything from recruitment and training, to fundraising and events, motivation, retention, reporting, impact and the list goes on. Thankfully, the volunteer managers we’ve come to know, seem to have a natural ability to multitask. This, together with a …

The volunteering digital transformation has arrived

Digital Transformation, Micro volunteering, News, Virtual volunteering

Katie Taaffe

Volunteering is experiencing a digital evolution. This evolution has been accelerated by the events of the past year. The constraints of lockdown and their introduction of more remote working has caused many people to rethink the way they use their time, including their availability to volunteer. If we can’t meet or run activities in person then we have to find …