Over the past decade TimeBank has had some considerable achievements in helping to shape best volunteering practice in the UK. We have broken new ground in designing innovative mentoring projects with high social value.
Here are just a few highlights:
Rate your volunteering experience
In September 2010 we launched a ratings tool on our website. Acting like a TripAdvisor for volunteers it allows people the ability to review their experiences, good or bad. This also provides valuable feedback to charities so they can make improvements to their volunteering opportunities.
We supported London 2012 – asking people to Back the Bid by registering to volunteer. 14,000 people did immediately, rising to over 100,000. As a member of Life-Time UK Alliance we continued to advise LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to help create both a successful Olympic volunteering programme for 2012 as well as a volunteering legacy throughout the UK.
Volunteer mentors make a difference to individuals and their communities
Over the last ten years, we’ve seen how powerful volunteer mentors can be. Mentoring works because everyone’s different. And through one-to-one support, every individual’s needs can be addressed. Multiply that by 10, 50, a hundred people, and you create change - not only in individuals but also in the community.
Influencing government policy
Time Together, our refugee mentoring programme and the first social franchise model of its type, became part of government policy in the Refugees Integration and Employment Service in 2002. Every refugee now is given the chance to have a volunteer mentor.
Helping families through volunteering
Real Parents(2006 & 2008) were two national campaigns aimed at recruiting home-visiting volunteers for the UK’s leading family support charity, Home-Start UK. A marketing campaign, driven by celebrity ambassadors such as Miriam Stoppard, Fiona Phillips, Anthony Worrall-Thompson and Gary Lineker, resulted in the recruitment of over 4,000 parents becoming home-visiting volunteers. The campaign also led to the commission of a three part photo-essay portraying the relationships of three families and their volunteers.
Inspiring young people to help their communities
In 2007, TimeBank created the online platform, Junction49, which allows young people to share and develop registered on the website.
It's part of the TimeBank ethos to try out new ideas like this and grow them into really successful projects. Junction49 will now be developed further by vinspired, the national young volunteers service and you can find the website here.
Connecting the media with charities
In 2005, we created the popular ‘askcharity’ website to improve relationships between charities and the media. The site allows journalists to send out requests for information to charities. More than 1,600 media professionals have registered with the site.