If you’ve identified a cause that you want to support, you might want to contact a few charities in that area and see how best you could support them.
You can use City Bridge Trust’s map to see their funded charities or go WhatCharity to search by cause, location or type of help sought.It’s important to think and talk about what you both want from the partnership and manage expectations.
See our resources for tips on selecting a partner and putting together a charity partner agreement.
You could encourage groups of employees to volunteer together as a team building exercise. You can approach this in three ways:
- Organise a charity partnership with volunteering options
- Use a paid for brokerage service that will take the admin burden for you. Some options our members use are Benefacto, Semble, Pilotlight, East End Community Foundation, Tower Hamlets Education Partnership and the BIG Alliance
- Link up with others! You might have clients or suppliers with developed volunteering programmes – why not see if you can join them?
Your employees are a varied group of people with different passions and ways they want to give. You can support them to volunteer individually by:
- Incorporating voluntary work and skills development into your appraisal/supervision systems
- Sharing good news stories of what colleagues are doing! Perhaps you could offer an annual prize of a donation to their charity of choice
- Signposting them to opportunities. Some free options are Reach Volunteering, Team London, Getting on Board, Governors for Schools, Do-it, Volunteering Matters, Hands on London, Guardian Jobs and CharityJob
This was updated in April 2020 by Heart of the City