James Johnson

James Johnson

Department for Work and Pensions |

James founded a voluntary organisation to bring digital skills to small charities for free. These skills include service design, web design, graphic design, content design, user research, coding and digital marketing. They are all specialist skills that aren’t commonly found in charities and smaller charities don’t have the budgets to bring digital experts in to help them – they have more important things to spend their money on. James persuaded 85 people from the design community, from 13 cities, to volunteer their professional skills to charity. These volunteers range from expert digital leaders to design students looking to learn from experience and build their portfolios. James – in his spare time with a budget of zero – acts as a broker to connect these volunteers with charities across the country. Volunteers help charities solve problems, improve the services they provide and generally help them make a bigger impact on the people who rely on them. As well as connecting other volunteers with charities, James takes on more than his fair share of projects where he volunteers personally.
James’ work has already inspired people in the Australian and Ukrainian digital communities to start similar enterprises in their countries too