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.
The 1100 participants currently include hedge funders, bankers, lawyers, top civil servants, entrepreneurs, technology and media leaders, and other industry experts. The 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 Alison Marston, firstname.lastname@example.org
10th April, 2017 6-8pm
15th May, 2017 6.30-8.30pm
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
Yes Futures is an award-winning charity established in 2011 by Sarah Wallbank, a former teacher who developed the organisation to develop the self-esteem, resilience and confidence of young people. In the last two years, Yes Futures has gone through significant growth, running a ‘Rising Futures’ programme in schools across London and the South East, as well as launching the ‘Finding Futures’ for Primary Schools and ‘Character Courses’ for teachers.
Yes Futures is now looking for a Chair and a Treasurer to strengthen their existing Trustee Board. Alongside the rest of the team, the Chair will build on the success to date in order to have an incredible impact on this quickly growing charity.
For more information please see their website or contact Sarah Wallbank via email at email@example.com.
Doorstep was set up in 1982 to provide homeless families living in Camden hostels with access to goods and services to make their lives more comfortable as they await a permanent housing solution. Doorstep is a hands-on local charity offering practical solutions to support the 250 people it works with yearly, providing after-school care for children, outings and special activities for children during school holidays, free laundry facilities and educational opportunities for adults seeking to re-enter the job market.
Doorstep is seeking new trustees to join its 8-strong team, ideally with experience in marketing and communications or fundraising, as part of its expansion plans. For further information, please visit their website and to discuss the role, please contact Stuart Wollach, Chair of Doorstep on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spark Inside, established in 2012, was shortlisted for the Charity Times Awards’ Best New Charity. It is pioneering the use of professional coaching in prisons to promote rehabilitation, tackle violence and reduce reoffending. Spark Inside has coached 500 people to date and is established in 9 prisons, and is looking to ambitiously expand to coach 600 people next year.
Spark Inside is seeking new trustees with strong networks to help raise its profile and funding alongside its exciting expansion. For further information, the role description can be found on their website or please contact Baillie Aaron at email@example.com.
OxFizz is a social enterprise that works with a network of over 500 graduate volunteers, who deliver paid for educational services to top independent schools. The profits generated are used to provide the same services for free to students who cannot afford to pay and to donate to charities of the volunteers’ choice.
Since it was founded in 2007, OxFizz has given over £800,000 of unrestricted income to charities and delivers over 10,000 hours of educational support every year.
OxFizz is looking for a new Chair to help take it to the next stage of its development. For more information please see their website and this role description or contact Zoe Tyndall via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bright Shadow, based in Kent, delivers multi-sensory participatory performance workshops for people living with dementia to promote wellbeing and a brighter quality of care. The organisation works with 700 people a year and trains care staff on how to use creativity activities to reduce feelings of loneliness, boredom and helplessness.
Bright Shadow are now looking to extend their services across the UK and are looking for new trustees particularly with financial and legal experience to join this growing innovative organisation. For further information, the role description can be found here or please contact Katy Hirst at email@example.com and look at their website.