Some of the great causes that Smart Aid is currently working with include:-
Sickness, disability or disadvantage should not stop a child from fulfilling his or her potential, whatever it may be
A Charity in the City of Leeds, working with the homeless, the vulnerable and those suffering from addiction
Leeds Children’s charity - A charity that takes groups of disadvantaged and socially excluded children from Leeds on respite holiday to its Silverdale residential centre on the Lancashire coast.
A charity that gives homeless people a bed and a reason to get out of it
A charity that works with vulnerable, hard to reach women who are trapped by life controlling addictions and are often involved in street prostitution
St Gemma’s is the largest hospice in Yorkshire with a large range of expert services to support patients, their families and friends.
Working with Children being excluded from School by engaging them on a sports based educational programme
A charity that supports voluntary sector organisations who work with and for people with learning disabilities in Leeds.
Working with young people who aren’t in education, employment or training to help them get into education, employment or training.
‘Purple Patch Arts’ exists to improve the lives and life chances of people with learning disabilities and make sure that everyone lives a life that is meaningful to them.
Support 2.0: Smart-aid brings high value targeted support with an elegant solution built for Charities in the 21st century
James and David are onto something big. Big for Charities. Big for society they have designed an elegant solution for high quality support. I think Smart-Aid has the ability to help Charities reclaim the leadership role in helping to create a better society. And, I am pretty excited to back these guys; they have the killer combination of passion and process that will make a huge impact
I would recommend to anyone thinking about volunteering with Smart Aid to just do it!
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for last Thursday, we both felt a fresh sense of focus and enthusiasm following the meeting. The tempo of the meeting was ideal and kept us on track throughout. I found it was the perfect mix of relaxed enough to open up and feel happy talking about future ambitions while focussed and encouraged a challenge to the ideas. I found it enjoyable and rewarding; even if things were to move no further just the opportunity to bounce ideas off people with James and Chris's level of experience was fantastic.
This is a hugely rewarding experience that increases your horizons, empathy and job satisfaction and allows you to give something back and make a real impact in your local community. This is a great opportunity to advance your professional growth and add experiences to your CV that are outside your normal business world, but show how flexible your skills are.
Initially I was a little nervous about volunteering with Smart Aid as I wasn’t confident that i was important enough and was dubious about how much support i could really give with just 4 hours of my time and if it would make any difference. It was really interesting working with AIM and i realised how much knowledge i did actually have so it has definitely improved my confidence in my skills. I was blown away later when i was told how much impact i had had. It’s amazing that a few hours of my time could contribute £3,600 to the charity - i really had no idea! I would recommend to anyone thinking about volunteering with Smart Aid to just do it!
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I think you can talk yourself out of doing these things, because they do seem an addition to your workload, but what you get in return far exceeds what you have to give out in terms of your time. So if anyone was thinking of volunteering i would say commit to it and go for it, because you get so much back
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I had a great time doing it and listening to Verlie who ran LCC telling us the story of what the centre does for kids and how they can find things out that are going on in their lives and change it made me feel I was doing the right thing and more than happy to use what I can do to help.
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