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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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.
WasteAid is a charity dedicated to addressing the global waste emergency. One in three people globally do not have the luxury of having waste taken away. As a result they are left to dump or burn their waste, leading to public health and environmental problems. WasteAid supports local people to become self-employed recycling entrepreneurs, turning ‘waste’ into wealth. Their products include charcoal briquettes made from coconut shells, paving tiles made from discarded plastic, brick walls made from plastic bottles and crochet purses made from plastic bags. WasteAid’s ingenious intervention builds prosperity, improves health and protects the environment. It became a grantee of The Fore earlier this year.
WasteAid is growing rapidly. Currently working in several sub-Saharan African countries, it plans to expand rapidly in the next few years. As it expands, WasteAid is looking for pro bono HR guidance, to ensure they have the most effective policies and structures in place. If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trampoline is a young social enterprise that helps aspiring entrepreneurs from London’s marginalised communities develop their own businesses. Often working with people from low income and single parent households, including those from migrant or minority communities, it has helped grow businesses in social care, hospitality, the media, art and fashion. It specialises in delivering business knowledge to people with little or no previous experience, often working through considerable barriers, including limited education, access to information and opportunities, as well as language barriers. Although still in its early stages, Trampoline has already worked with 136 people, one third of whom have now set up successful businesses. It became a grantee of The Fore earlier this year.
Trampoline has ambitious plans for the future, including the development of an e-learning platform and potential international expansion. To realise these goals, Trampoline is looking for help developing a new communications strategy. Additionally, Trampoline would like help refining and implementing its 3-5 year development plan, focusing on the organisation’s future expansion. To find out more about either opportunity, email email@example.com.
Be Enriched Elements rescues food waste in South London and puts it to work building communities. In the past year, Be Enriched rescued over 6,000kg of surplus food from retailers and used it to provide volunteer-led cooking lessons, meals for people facing social or economic insecurity, holiday mealtime activities for families whose children receive free meals in school, and culinary-based employment training for people with higher learning needs. Its model is simple yet powerful – simultaneously cutting waste, reducing hunger, growing skills and forging relationships. Be Enriched became a grantee of The Fore this year.
Be Enriched is looking for new trustees. If you are interested in joining this exciting young organisation, please email Kemi Akinola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refugees at Home is an inspiring refugee charity which received funding from The Fore earlier this year. Home Office accommodation support for refugees ends 28 days after an asylum decision is made. After this point, often receiving only £5 a day in financial assistance, a high proportion of recently-recognised refugees end up destitute and homeless. Refugees at Home intervenes at this critical moment by connecting asylum-seekers and refugees with volunteers offering spare rooms in their homes. Refugees at Home’s simple but powerful model has captured imaginations across the country, receiving coverage in The Guardian, Huffpost and Forbes. Since its inception in 2015, the organisation has grown exponentially, with leading charities such as the Red Cross, the Refugee Council, CrisisUK & St Mungo’s increasingly turning to Refugees at Home to find accommodation for refugees in need.
Refugees at Home are looking for a treasurer to join their board. This is an excellent opportunity to help shape one of the country’s most innovative refugee charities. The role will require some financial experience, and attendance at monthly board meetings. To find out more about the opportunity, email Yvette at email@example.com.
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries and 80% of the population rely on farming to survive. Productivity remains low, however, due to ineffective farming methods and severe soil erosion. Tiyeni is a charity which helps Malawian farmers radically improve their harvests by teaching them new farming techniques to prevent soil erosion. Central to its approach is to train only those farmers who have requested its help, so its methods are never imposed. Tiyeni’s intervention can double crop yields for these farmers, dramatically enhancing their incomes and improving their lives. Tiyeni became a grantee of The Fore in 2018.
As Tiyeni expands, it is looking for support from a PR/marketing specialist. This role will significantly influence the development and implementation of the charity’s PR/marketing strategy, and enable considerable growth for the organisation. For more information, please see this information document. To express an interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryhill Mobile Children’s Services (MMCS) was started by a group of volunteer mothers in Glasgow to improve services for local children. It has now grown considerably, supporting voluntary organisations and empowering families across the city. The majority of the families it supports come from disadvantaged communities with poorer than average health profiles, higher than average levels of drug abuse and crime, lower than average educational outcomes, low income levels and long-term unemployment. MMCS’ mobile crèche, respite services, after school care and outdoor nursery provide vital assistance to young families in need, and give children from all walks of life the best possible start.
After a period of growth, MMCS is now seeking advice to improve its HR processes. To find out more, email email@example.com.