The consortium developing plans to provide technology support - including circuit riders - to the UK community and voluntary sector now has a substantial web site . It looks as if the aim is to provide comprehensive coverage, and for the consortium to manage, or facilitate, knowledge resources and support nationally and locally:
"The aim of the ICT Consortium is to develop a range of resources that are available locally. Some of these resources (e.g. good practice guidance and discounted deals) will be more effectively developed on a national basis, whilst being accessible locally. Other resources (local consultants and support services) are better developed on a sub-regional (or local) basis."
At the more local level the consortium plans to choose one partner with which to work:
"On a sub-regional level, our intention is to work with one consortium / organisation in each sub-region who will be primarily responsible for developing local resources, and will also act as a principle channel for both raising awareness of the resources available through the consortium and channelling relevant local information back to the ICT Consortium. We envisage that in many areas there will be existing initiatives who can be commissioned to take on this work."
The consortium - whose project management is provided by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations is inviting other organisations to apply to join them within pre-determined guidelines, and I guess this will be a difficult choice for those who may favour a less centralised approach, but fear they could miss out on funding that could be channeled through the consortium.