Engaging Experience offers a wide range of strategic skills, mentoring, or non-executive governance support to charities. Originally set up by The Bulldog Trust, the network has successfully connected over a thousand charitable projects with specific pro-bono expertise to date.
Participants currently include hedge funders, bankers, lawyers, top civil servants, entrepreneurs, technology and media leaders, and other industry experts. Engaging Experience’s popularity has helped hundreds of people realise that using skills for charity is personally and professionally rewarding and can easily be achieved alongside a full-time career.
Participants are invited to a number of events at Two Temple Place, giving them the opportunity to meet charities, social enterprises and each other face-to-face. In addition regular emails are circulated with opportunities to connect with specific charities and projects. Events are frequently co-hosted with other organisations including New Philanthropy Capital, Big Society Capital, and the Small Charities Coalition.
All business professionals are invited to join and participation is free. There is also no charge for charities to use the service. For more information please contact email@example.com
8th January 2019, 6pm-7:30pm
All recent requests for pro bono support from small charities and social enterprises are listed here. Information on how to get involved and who to contact can be found below
Many Minds is a Bristol-based mental health charity that uses theatre to put people experiencing mental illness in the driver’s seat. The creative space of theatre engages creativity, builds support networks, improves confidence and reduces stigma. Through its weekly workshops, Many Minds devises and creates high quality contemporary performances that facilitate lasting change.
Many Minds is going through an exciting period of growth, and is therefore looking to recruit new trustees. It is particularly interested in hearing from anyone interested in becoming a treasurer. For more information, contact Olivia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Lakeland Mind exists to support anyone and everyone affected by mental ill health in South Lakeland (Cumbria). Its team of staff and 80+ volunteers support more than 400 people each year with counselling and peer support, as well as delivering over 100 events, campaigns and training courses to empower everyone to improve their wellbeing. It recently received funding from the Fore to expand its training programme, magnify its impact, increase understanding of mental health, and generate new income to expand its counselling and peer support services.
South Lakeland Mind is seeking support from a business development specialist so that it can realise the opportunity to develop and deliver a significantly expanded training programme and enable more individuals to improve their wellbeing. Individuals with skills and experience in marketing new services to businesses would be particularly welcome. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The British Exploring Society was founded in 1932 by a survivor of Captain Scott’s last expedition, and is the oldest society of its kind in the world. Since then it has become an incredibly effective youth development charity, taking young people (particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds) on world-wide expeditions that are life-defining, character-building and awe-inspiring. The programme has a significant impact, with 95% of participating young people not in employment or education finding a job or training within 6 months of completing their expedition.
The British Exploring Society are looking for a new Chair. This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside a talented and dedicated CEO and board, and help shape a remarkable organisation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fieldworks is a UK social enterprise which empowers small NGOs working in international development. Overseas aid is a field dominated by big brands – Fieldworks is working to change that. Its online platform removes barriers between small NGOs and progressive funders, enabling more funding to go to impactful, grass-roots solutions for poverty in low-income countries. Small NGOs build online profiles which funders can view, reducing the time, risk and overheads associated with funding small organisations. There are over 10 million small NGOs offering alternatives to the big international brands. Fieldworks hopes to empower as many of them as possible to achieve lasting change.
Fieldworks are looking for a copy writer/communications specialist to help refine their strategy and develop their pitch to various potential stakeholders. For more information, email email@example.com.
Wicked Weather Watch brings climate change to life for children by drawing on the personal experiences of Artic explorers and scientists who have witnessed the effects of climate change first-hand. Through their inspirational school visits and ‘Arctic Extravaganza’ workshops, young children learn how to mitigate the impact of climate change in their own lives. Founded by explorer and adventurer Sir David Hempleman-Adams in 2009, Wicked Weather Watch has already worked with 80 schools and reached over 6,600 children.
Wicked Weather Watch is looking for an experienced facilitator to lead and support their upcoming strategic planning day with both staff and Trustees. The purpose of the day is to set the next 2-3 year strategy, including looking at the organisation’s business model, upcoming opportunities, and challenges. The day will be held in Bath in March. For more information or to express interest, please email Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Doorstep Library Network brings books and the magic of reading directly to children in their own homes, in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas. Among London’s disadvantaged children, one in four leave primary school unable to read or write properly and 40% of 11 year olds have reading ages of between 6 – 9 years old when starting secondary school. The Doorstep Library’s volunteers visit over 500 children across London, delivering books into homes and supporting children to love reading, while also making sure parents have the tools to continue teaching. The Doorstep Library’s goal is to build a world where books are celebrated everywhere and a love of reading is embraced by all.
The Doorstep Library has ambitious plans for expansion in the coming years. As it grows, it is looking to recruit new trustees. These trustees must be able to attend four board meetings per year in London. For more information, email email@example.com.
Odyssey is a charity that transforms the lives of people with cancer by taking them on magical adventures. At beautiful, mystery outdoor locations, participants are supported through a blend of physical, creative and artistic challenges to overcome the physical and emotional devastation caused by their illnesses, and regain their self-confidence while living with the unknown. These trips have been known to change the lives of participants, and post-course statistics compiled by Macmillan are compelling: they reveal an average 57% increase in participants’ perceived ability to deal with uncertainty, a 49% increase in optimism about their future and a 41% increase in their capability to continue with or return to work.
Odyssey are looking at the possibility of establishing a subsidiary enterprise providing team-building expeditions and executive leadership development. The enterprise would provide Odyssey with a sustainable source of income. They would like business advice regarding the viability of this plan and guidance on how to market it. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine If helps prisoners re-integrate with society using drama and theatre. They are looking for new trustees to join their board. Their new programme, ‘Bird on the Wing’, focuses on employability by developing body language, communication skills and self-esteem. Imagine If has a network of local employers ready to offer ex-offenders potential apprenticeships upon release. The organisation’s practical employability-oriented approach differentiates them from other arts interventions in prisons, and early results have been compelling. Among their beneficiaries, perceived communication skills doubled, confidence in finding work increased from 33% to 99%, and belief in being a good team player rose to 100%. Imagine If’s other projects work with those with mental health issues, addicts and recovering addicts, young adults in the care system and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This theatre-based work not only improves life prospects for beneficiaries, but brings powerful art into places and communities that might not otherwise experience it.
The ideal candidates would be able to commit to volunteering 1-2 days a month in Leeds. If you are interested, please email email@example.com.