Volunteers

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Roles

  1. SmartAid heroes - volunteer four hours of your business skills and experience to the charity of your choice.
    • Most volunteers worry if their skills are good enough to really help. 95% of the time the answer is a resounding yes, but we will always talk through a potential SMART goal with you to ensure you are comfortable. We always meet the charity with a Smart Aid project manager. You will be given feedback afterwards of the financial impact your volunteering has had. To date every single volunteer has been amazed by the impact they have made in just four hours.
  2. Charity project manager - working individually or as part of a team with a charity a half day a week over 90 days.
    • If you have more time, a really interesting role is to become the project manager for a specific charity of your choice. This gives a fascinating insight into the charity, and it’s really interesting sitting in on the needs analysis and subsequent meetings with SmartAid heroes. The role is spread over 90 days and is totally flexible to you. Full training is given in all aspects of the role so no previous project management experience is required. At the end of the 90 days, you will have a case study detailing the financial impact of your role that can be used for your CV and LinkedIn profile.
    • However you want to help charities we will make sure you will get loads of social media attention so everyone will know what a Hero you are!

Testimonials

  • 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.

    Carl Harrison AIM Education
  • Support 2.0: Smart-aid brings high value targeted support with an elegant solution built for Charities in the 21st century

    Todd Hannula, Shine Business Centre
  • I would recommend to anyone thinking about volunteering with Smart Aid to just do it!

    John Readman – Smart Aid Hero
  • 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!

    Clare Pennock-Halpen, Smart Aid Hero
  • 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

    Todd Hannula, Shine Business centre
  • 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.

    James Waggott

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Quotes

  • Volunteering activities are effective in boosting employee morale, which is particularly important in challenging times

    Patsy Francis UBS
  • This growing body of research firmly supports the link between volunteering and employee development

    CIPD
  • We encourage our top 100 managers to link with a charitable organisation. This not only benefits their career, but is benefitting the company and our community

    Marks & Spencer
  • Community action is at the heart of National Grids CSR Strategy. Employees are encouraged to participate in volunteering activities which match their interests and development needs

  • We are using community action as a recognised tool for personal development

    National Grid
  • 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

    Sarah Austin
  • Volunteering provides a viable alternative to traditional employee development

    CIPD
  • 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.

    Richard Nicholson – Smart Aid Hero
  • An overwhelming link between employees volunteering and developing a wider perspective about the world around them and their community

    CIPD
  • We have a target for 65% of our employees to be involved in citizenship this year

    Nationwide building society
  • People, before they star volunteering, think they are pretty highly skilled. Even so, they score themselves higher after they have volunteered

    PwC
  • Volunteering can also help develop key skills vital for leadership and management roles

    CIPD
  • We created a skills matrix 10 years ago to demonstarte the link between skills gained and volunteering activities. The matrix which reflects our values and key employee competencies, can be used by employees to select volunteering activities based on their development needs and skills they wish to use/practice or develop

    UBS
  • PwC encourages all employees to volunteer in activities connected to one of its three key CSR areas of focus: education, employability and the environment