Skills-based volunteering covers a broad range of opportunities, but essentially professionals use their skills to strengthen the infrastructure of non-profits in a strategically targeted manner. Although it can be more time consuming to organise, it tends to have a huge impact. For this reason, we are very interested in this kind of volunteering, and would love to hear from you if you have any ideas or skills you or your staff can donate.
Staff can break up their volunteering days into hours and enter into a mentoring relationship. There would be an inital training session to attend. Charities are actively searching for business people to support their service users’ development and would cover the cost of any CRB/DBS check. The mentee could come to your offices to save the staff travelling time.
Mentors are needed for a range of clients – young people (online or face to face), women returning to work after having children, vulnerable adults, ex-offenders, fitness mentors for those with learning difficulties, isolated older people and more.
There are also a range of activities around helping Camden’s school students get ready for the world of work.
- Hosting a visit / show around – this takes 1-2 hours of time, and can involve from 2 to 10 staff.
- Run one of your internal staff training sessions for the young people – customer service, complaints handling, etc.
- Mentoring a student – this requires the initial induction training, then 1-1.5 hours per month.
Most charity trustee boards of small local charities lack commercially experienced members. Becoming a trustee is a great way to contribute to a cause you care about, and it is also a great way to get management experience. Find out more about being a trustee here.
Interested in finding out more about Team UP? Contact us by phone on 020 7424 9990 or email.