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06/04/05 - Hub to offer free IT advice to all

A free helpline, a bursary scheme and £1m worth of volunteer IT support will be key parts of the ICT Consortium's plans for the ICT national hub.

Plans for the hub - one of six centres of excellence set up as part of the Government's capacity-building ChangeUp programme - were revealed at the ICT Consortium's first annual conference last week.

The consortium - a coalition of 30 members, including IT 4 Communities, NACVS and the NCVO - also plans to provide a website of resources, a directory of approved suppliers and consultants, guidance on funding ICT development and an extended network of circuit riders, IT specialists who help a number of smaller organisations that can't afford full-time support.