Local Connections is a new pilot project in London, which builds on the strong relationships that TimeBank has with corporates and local charities and community organisations.
Many corporates offer volunteer days for their staff to volunteer in an area of interest. However, through discussions with multiple organisations we have found that these days are rarely taken due to staff members not wanting to take days out of the office and fall behind with their workload.
By piloting the mechanics of an online matchmaking project, we will match employees with appropriate skills with a local charity/community organisation that needs advice, guidance and support in that area. We would encourage participants to connect over video technology like Skype or Zoom so that these one-hour mentoring interactions can be conducted from their place of work, which would ensure we engage with a new pool of volunteers, which will increase participation numbers.
As part of Local Connections we can offer reports that build an accurate picture of the hours volunteered, the types of local charities/community organisations and the operational issue that they have supported.
As a pilot we are currently building a pool of interested volunteers and community groups in London, and once we reach a good number we will start the matching process. We expect that we will get back to everyone signed up in March to allow this to take place, so thank you in advance for your patience if you sign-up and don’t hear from us for a little while.