Are you just starting out with digital? Do you need help getting started on your journey? Then a Design Hop can help!

What are Design Hops?

A Design Hop teaches charity participants a step-by-step method for user centred digital design, leading to unexpected insights, powerfully simple digital solutions and a hunger to keep tackling complex problems.

It’s a free course that supports nonprofits on a digital journey to solve a real challenge for your organisation.

You’ll gain:

  • Confidence with digital and reusing a design process in future
  • ​Crucial new insights and knowledge about tech habits and needs of your users
  • ​Your own minimum viable product (a ‘starter solution’) to take away to solve a real problem
  • A fresh new network of other charities and experts using digital for good

Design Hops are a CAST initiative, contributed to Catalyst.

Who are Design Hops for?

Staff and core volunteers at UK nonprofits of all sizes curious to learn about the potential of digital.

Unfortunately this course is not suitable for organisations whose primary beneficiaries are based outside the UK.

How much does it cost?

It’s totally free!

How does it work?

How the Hops are delivered often varies based on what we’re learning works best. But what you’ll learn from them is always the same. Here’s what we cover:


  • Choose and investigate the social and organisational challenge that you want to work through
  • Understand the real user needs of the people affected


  • Be inspired by examples of free and simple digital solutions
  • Generate your own ideas
  • Explore how they fit in your wider services and lives of your users


  • Develop the quickest, easiest way to test your chosen idea with your users.

Next Steps

  • We'll set you up to continue your digital momentum inside your organisation, or with new peers and digital experts met through the course.

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We'll be running two Hops in early 2022:

Start date: 27th January 2022. The three Zoom sessions will run on the following dates:

  • Thursday 27th January 11:00 - 12:30
  • Thursday 3rd February 11:00 - 12:30
  • Thursday 24th February 11:00 - 12:30

Please only sign up if you can make all three sessions.

Start date: 1st March 2022. The three Zoom sessions will run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 1st March 11:00 - 12:30
  • Tuesday 8th March 11:00 - 12:30
  • Tuesday 29th March 11:00 - 12:30

Please only sign up if you can make all three sessions.

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Facilitate a Design Hop

Design Hops are facilitated across the country by a mix of digitally-confident charities, tech/design freelancers and local social sector partners.

We're currently experimenting with different online facilitation and support formats, and always looking for new people to join our crew. If you're interested in being trained up, please contact Tori.

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Contact us

We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to get in touch and speak to one of our team, we look forward to having a chat soon!