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
6th February 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
16th April 2018, 6:30pm-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
The Tamil communities working on tea plantations across Sri Lanka frequently face poverty, stress, malnutrition, low access to education and poor living conditions. Alcoholism and domestic abuse are also common. The Tea Leaf Trust lifts these communities out of poverty by providing young people with employability training, English language lessons and positive coping strategies. An external impact assessor found their powerful intervention to be among the most effective development programmes operating in Sri Lanka. The Tea Leaf Trust became a grantee of The Fore in 2017.
The Tea Leaf Trust is looking for business strategy and marketing support as it develops a new social enterprise – selling mushrooms to provide local families with new income. Mentoring can be provided exclusively by Skype or email, but visits to Sri Lanka are also welcomed and encouraged! For more details contact Tim Pare at email@example.com
Small Acts of Kindness (SAOK) combats severe loneliness among the elderly in Hertfordshire. Using a sophisticated, low-cost and scalable network of volunteers and partners, SAOK creates and delivers winter gift bags containing blankets, hot drinks, food, clothing and other items. Crucially, these bags are delivered alongside questionnaires, which allows SAOK to thoughtfully refer clients to partner organisations which best suit their needs – such as those running social activities or treating specific conditions. SAOK won a grant from The Fore in 2017.
SAOK is looking for assistance with accountancy, in order to support its ongoing expansion. For more details, please contact Lynne Misner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oarsome Chance helps disadvantaged and at-risk young people in Portsmouth, providing practical, vocational training based around the sport of coastal rowing. Local young people learn how to design, build and sell boats, oars and other equipment, while also going on their own rowing excursions. Earlier this year, The Fore provided Oarsome Chance with funding to develop ‘Canvas Works’ – a social enterprise recycling old sails into bags, chairs and other products, providing young people core employability skills. The revenue from selling these products will allow Oarsome Chance to become more sustainable and expand its services.
To help develop this new enterprise, Oarsome Chance are looking for support with a marketing strategy. If you are interested, please email Paul O’Grady at email@example.com.
Veterans Woodcraft uses the power of carpentry to rebuild lives. Its innovative intervention helps former armed services personnel recover from physical and psychological injuries and reintegrate into civilian life. Woodwork is not only therapeutic, but also helps veterans rediscover their sense of purpose as they develop their skills. Veterans Woodcraft is run by veterans for veterans, and offers them a chance to forge connections with like-minded people who have been through similarly challenging experiences – a vital aspect of the recovery process which cannot be provided by the usual sources of support, such as friends and family. Veterans Woodcraft received a grant from The Fore this year.
After a successful proof of concept in North Yorkshire and North Wales, and with increasing demand from across the UK, Veterans Woodcraft are looking for support to scale their business. They are particularly interested in support with marketing, business development, establishing new regional workshops and impact measurement. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
citizenAID is an award-winning new charity that empowers the public to save lives in a mass casualty event. The brainchild of four pre-eminent military and civilian clinicians, citizenAID builds on the ‘Buddy Care’ system developed by the military in the Middle East, whereby soldiers can immediately treat themselves and those around them, significantly improving survival rates. citizenAID has already received a tremendous response from the public. Within 48 hours of the launch of its free app, it had over 1 million hits and was trending as the #1 Google Play and iTunes download. citizenAID received a grant from the Fore in early 2018.
citizenAID is looking to add trustees with either a marketing or a legal background to support its expansion. For more information or for an informal chat about the role, please email Matt at email@example.com.
Young people who leave school without qualifications often struggle to find a job. Circle Community propels young people out of unemployment through their five week ‘Get Employed’ programme – offering work experience with ‘Circle Collective’ (their high street fashion social enterprise), corporate insight days, motivational workshops, one-to-one mentoring and support during early employment. 75% of those who have completed the programme have subsequently moved into work. Circle Collective received a grant from The Fore in 2016.
As Circle Community expand their services, they are looking to recruit new Trustees. In particular, they are searching for a new Chair and a new fundraising Trustee, who will both have significant influence over Circle Community’s future strategy. For more information, email Vicky Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Destination Language is a charity which makes and shares award-winning contemporary theatre. It is bold, visually arresting and stimulates conversations about the society we live in. Its performances focus on identity, exploring cultures in collision and attempting to overcome society’s divisions. Two Destination Language tours its work nationally and internationally, putting on ‘Microfests’ across the UK which engage and enliven communities. In 2017, its work was seen by over 11,000 people.
Two Destination Language is currently looking to expand its board of trustees. It is particularly keen to hear from people with experience in strategic planning, marketing or finance, but welcomes interest from anyone. See here for more information, or email email@example.com