The Fore Trust is part of The Bulldog Trust, registered charity 1123081.

Engaging Experience

Connecting individual business professionals with dynamic small charities in need of business expertise since 2009.

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. 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 engagingexperience@thefore.org

Key Statistics

Events

Year Here’s Fellows Pitch for Pro-Bono Support

6th February 2018, 6.30-8.30pm


A Celebration of The Fore’s First Year & A Private View of “Rhythm and Reaction: The Age of Jazz In Britain”

16th April 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm


Meet the Grantees of The Fore

14th May 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm


Find An Opportunity


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

Action on Postpartum Psychosis is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting women and families affected by postpartum psychosis, a severe postnatal mental illness. Some 1,500 women are affected each year but only a handful obtain appropriate help and support. Action on Postpartum Psychosis provides peer support and specialist information to affected women and families. Over 90% of users report feeling less isolated, better informed and equipped to recover. Action on Postpartum Psychosis’s Peer Support Service was shortlisted for Health Project of the Year in BBC1’s National Lottery Awards and won the 2017 Peer Support Service Award in the National Perinatal Mental Health Awards. Action on Postpartum Psychosis recently received a grant from The Fore to significantly expand its reach, network and impact through equipping its Peer Support Service for Skype delivery and increasing the understanding of the illness among clinicians.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis is seeking a new trustee with a financial background to assist with financial management, planning and reporting. For more information or an informal chat about the role, please email kim@app-network.org.

London Football Journeys brings together disadvantaged young people from different backgrounds and neighbourhoods across the city to play football, make films and take part in other workshops together. Participants share new experiences and forge common ground, breaking down the local barriers that divide them, making them more resilient to peer pressure and gang culture, more confident about interacting with different communities, and better at teamwork and communication. London Football Journeys is a grantee of The Fore.

London Football Journeys is seeking a new Trustee with legal expertise. It would particularly welcome applications from women, especially those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, to apply for this exciting role. To express an interest or to apply, please contact Alex Baine at alex@londonfootballjourneys.org by 5pm on Friday 27th April 2018.

Empire Fighting Chance is a Bristol-based charity which radically improves the life chances of young people, though a combination of intensive mentoring and non-contact boxing. Its goal is to ‘create champions, in the ring and in life’. Empire Fighting Chance take in teenagers who are violent, disruptive in school or at risk of becoming involved in drugs, and help them get their lives back on track. They help young people overcome adversity, mental illness and anti-social behaviour though discipline, direction and sense of belonging. They became one of The Fore’s grantees in 2017.

After a successful pilot in South Wales, Empire Fighting Chance has demonstrated that their model can be effective across the UK. They are seeking someone with experience scaling a business to help them with planning, as they become a truly national organisation. For more information please contact Martin@empirefightingchance.org.

Stay Up Late believes adults with learning disabilities and autism have an equal right to “stay up late” to enjoy concerts, clubbing and socialising. Its “Gig Buddies” project was met with overwhelming demand and has successfully franchised from Brighton to Edinburgh, Calderdale, Long Eaton, Norwich, Croydon, Portsmouth, Cardiff and even Sydney. Stay Up Late recently received funding from The Fore to unlock further franchise growth.

Stay Up Late is looking for strategic support to improve the sustainability of its business model while keeping franchise costs low, in order to reach as many beneficiaries as possible. For more information, or to express interest, please email paul@stayuplate.org.

Wellgate Community Farm is a small urban farm in greater London that offers education, training, therapy and recreation opportunities. Participants can earn work qualifications, such as NVQs and BTecs, that improve their future employability. The Farm is also committed to providing a safe, inclusive place for participants to develop emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. The Fore recently funded the Farm’s expansion into a second farm site.

The Farm is seeking strategic business support in chartered planning, development, legal advice or marketing. For further information, or to express an interest, please email info@wellgatefarm.org.

The OCD Research Partnership promotes the development of new and better treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder, a severe and chronic mental illness. The World Health Organisation has classified OCD as one of the ten most debilitating illnesses globally, yet research into treatment is scarce. Two per cent of the population suffers from OCD – more than one million people in the UK alone.

The OCD Research Partnership is looking for a new Trustee to join its board and are especially keen to hear from someone with a link to, or interest in, OCD or mental health. Please email the charity’s Chair, Nick Sireau, at nick@sireau.net if you are interested in finding out more.

The Garden Classroom connects urban children with nature, supporting young people to use their local parks, gardens and forests regularly to learn about maths, reading, science and other curriculum areas, rather than thinking of outdoor trips as a once-a-year treat. The Garden Classroom is a 2014 grantee of The Fore.

The Garden Classroom is looking for a new Treasurer. For more information please email Marnie Rose at info@thegardenclassroom.org.uk.


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