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Volunteer Network

Michael Jones

Coronavirus has impacted every aspect of life in the UK and affected almost every industry. For the charity sector in particular, however, Covid-19 has been catastrophic. As a result of the lockdown and social distancing, charities have had to cancel fundraising events, close charity shops and suspend volunteering efforts; moves which the National Council for Voluntary Organisations estimate will cost the sector £4.3bn in just the first 12 weeks of the crisis. Simultaneously, demand for charity services have spiralled as those who were already struggling financially, emotionally or in terms of health were hit by the impact of the restrictions and the ability to deliver services was hampered. The SR Group is committed to helping the charity sector during this difficult time through our Volunteer Network, as part of our Social Purpose programme.

The SR Group has been operating an active volunteer network for the last 18 months, in partnership with Reach, the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK, to connect HR, Marketing & Communications professionals who want to give their time and skills to small charities to make a difference.

“Charities have never needed more support than they do now. Many charities have experienced big increases in demand for their services, at the same time, their income has been badly hit. In addition to these two challenges, they need to do new things like move their services online, and adapt to rapid changes in the wider world.  Your professional skills in finance, marketing and communications and HR are invaluable to charities in these turbulent times.” Janet Thorne, CEO, Reach

Candidates and clients, with more than three years’ professional experience, are invited to join the network. Each month we’ll share with you the latest trusteeship and volunteering opportunities to choose from and we can connect you to Reach to help you find the right charity to help. Last year Reach made over 1900+ matches which made a significant contribution to the charity sector.

“Since its launch in 2018, The SR Group Volunteer Network has connected hundreds of professionals across a variety of disciplines to a range of incredible charities to support a number of worthwhile causes. I’m always so inspired hearing about the positive impact and real difference that our partnership with Reach makes. Volunteering gives our candidates and clients a refreshed sense of purpose, benefits their wellbeing and helps them to gain exposure and insight into a completely different sector. Now more than ever the Charity Sector is under incredible strain - your contribution, via The SR Group Volunteer Network, could play a huge part in their recovery.” Nick Croucher, Partner, The SR Group

Currently Reach has over 900 volunteering opportunities for you to choose from, ranging from occasional volunteering to short-term project work and permanent trusteeships. If you would like to join The SR Group Volunteer Network please contact one of the team or email socialpurpose@thesrgroup.com