It is a misconception that all charities need money donations alone. Whilst financial aid can always benefit charities, especially in this difficult time, many charities also need support in the form of skills, goods and services. We are calling web developers, IT whizz’s, mentors and hoarders to help charities now!
The enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic can seem overwhelming, with so many people in need of support, it can be hard to pinpoint where best to focus our attention. Even with the best intentions, we can find ourselves turning to the household names or the organisations with the most media attention as recipients of our time and our money. In some cases the impact of our investment can become an after thought, when we just want to make a difference but aren’t quite sure how.
After conducting a nationwide survey asking charities what they need most from companies and professionals right now, we developed an online tool, listing their most urgent needs. No need to spend hours searching for the right cause, because with our dashboard, anyone can match their skills with a charity that could use them. This way, making a difference is straightforward and impactful.
We know that not all companies and professionals are in a position to give financially right now. Below, is a comprehensive list of UK charities that need support in the form of skills-based volunteering, goods and services. We want to demonstrate that every little helps and we often have the capability to make a difference more than we realise.
IT and Marketing Skills:
The Big Issue Foundation, Nationwide:
-Digital marketing support
The Shine Project, Bournemouth: https://whatcharity.com/charity/the-shine-project:
-“We need support to help us engage with our beneficiaries through virtual means at this time perhaps helping us develop an app around our course that could support teenage mental health that we can share with young people at most need of our support during this crisis”
Big Breakfast Plus, Swindon:
-Support with IT
Signal Charity, Nationwide:
-IT support to get us onto the cloud (we are currently on an office based server) and get our CRM database up and running. This database is currently on a harddrive and we do not have the skills to upload to salesforce. It was one of our next tasks as an organisation but the issue has been brought forward as now we are forced to work from home.
-Website design, and maintenance for a new website
-We are creating a business plan for Signal and would like outside input.
-Updates for our laptops / technology which is very outdated (10 years+ in many cases)”
-Marketing support (especially social media)
Body & Soul, Nationwide but based in London:
-Help going digital
Barking Mad Dog Rescue, UK based but work in Romania:
-Professional help with business overview and structure. Graphic designers too please.
-Skills-based marketing help
SongBird Survival, Nationwide:
-Strategy for the future
-Web design and digital training
Father’s House Church, Rotheram: https://www.whatcharity.com/profile-Tech based advice regarding online broadcasting, social media, sound desk technical help, and website designs.
Voyage, Hackney: https://voyageyouth.com/
-Skills-based help to migrate current programmes to an online platform
Breakthrough UK, Manchester:
-Training in IT and digital platforms
West Sussex Mediation Service, Sussex: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/west-sussex-mediation-service
-Help with maintaining our profile(marketing)
Deafblind UK, Peterborough: https://deafblind.org.uk/
-Help with marketing messages/strategy
Countryside Restoration Trust, Cambridge: https://www.countrysiderestorationtrust.com/
-Skills such as PR and marketing to help keep in touch with over 2000 members, many over 75.
-Services such as printing and posting
Holbeck Together, Leeds: https://www.holbecktogether.org/
Devon Family History Society, Exeter:
-Digital marketing, maximising the penetration of social media, and digital transformation of services
Lisa Kent Trust, Cambridge: https://lisakenttrust.org/-Web Designer
Albury Sports Club Limited, Guildford: https://whatcharity.com/search?name=1154921&lat=51.3263&lon=-0.5801&distance=25&page=1
-Any expertise in planning and recovery
Grassroots Enterprise for Social Inclusion and Poverty Relief, Leeds https://grassrootsenterprise.org/about-us/
-“As a small grassroots charity we need capacity building in relation to our human and financial resources, marketing, resource mobilisation through fundraising and bid writing, strategic planning on social impact and financial modelling”
-Support with emergency and recovery planning.
African Community School, Dalston, London:
-Strategic support for the future
The Lucy Rayner Foundation, Surrey https://thelucyraynerfoundation.com/:
-strategic help to navigate the next few months.
PEEPS, UK: https://whatcharity.com/charity/peeps
Beechwood Cancer Care, Manchester:
-Strategic help and a “sounding board” for existing ideas.
The Friends of The Milestone School, Gloucester:
-strategic assistance to help navigate the next months and possibly years
Lymphoma Action: https://whatcharity.com/charity/lymphoma-action
-Skills/training we can offer online to employees
Universify Education: https://universifyeducation.com/
-Further advice on creating/running online courses
Sheffield ASBAH, Sheffield:
-Training and assistive technology for our staff and beneficiaries so we can connect with each other throughout the weeks to come
Buying In To Services:
Scorchers Basketball Foundation https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/scorchers-basketball-foundation
-“We would like companies to actually look at what we do and want to buy into it our projects as we make such a difference in the community”
-“We would benefit from companies making use of our bike service! It would be really helpful if employees booked a bike service or a cycle instruction session from one of our trained bike mechanics; we are offering a mobile service as a way to offer our freelance staff some paid work”
Rotherham and Barnsley Mind, Rotherham and Barnsley: https://www.rbmind.co.uk/
-Need more service users buying into their service, this will support their charity in many ways
The Royal Society for Blind Children, Hackney, London: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/the-royal-society-for-blind-children
-Remote mentoring for young people on our employment programme.
Tickwood Care Farm, Shropshire:
-“Shoulder to lean on, mentoring and help given the break to work on a long term strategy”
Migrant Leaders/The Fardad Foundation, nationwide: https://whatcharity.com/charity/the-fardad-foundation
-“Mentors for our beneficiaries to help them keep on track with their revised plans for career/studies, to keep them motivated and engaged during the time of school closures and lock down that they would otherwise be able to use more productively.
-Advice to us on using digital platforms such as MSTeams and Zoom to deliver an interactive conference would also be helpful.”
Compass – Services to Tackle Problem Drug Use, York:
-Help in setting up digital methods of communication; such as promotion of our services to reach those in need (as many of the normal routes will have been removed)
-One to one and group counselling (must be through secure channels).
-We would also be interested in sales and marketing support relating to the launch of a new product.
Ability Dogs 4 Young People, Isle of White:
-With most staff laid off bid writers could be a massive help
Melanoma UK (https://whatcharity.com/charity/melanoma-uk-incorporating-factor-50)
-Melanoma UK needs help to apply for grants/fundraising/bid writing
Access to Spaces:
Barnet Bereavement Service, Barnet:
-Access to the use of therapy rooms
North Somerset Black and Minority Ethnic Network, Somerset: https://whatcharity.com/charity/north-somerset-black-and-minority-ethnic-network
-Access to safe office space
Coquet Trust, Newcastle:
The Lodge Trust CIO:
SkyAngels Air Ambulance:
-COVID-19 medical kit
Age UK Dacorum:
-AED training units
Katharine House Hospice
Digital Hardware and Software Donations:
Survivors’ Network, Brighton
-“Support pushing for free data for survivors accessing web-chats/online counselling calls
-Donations of zoom accounts/products that assist with remote working”
Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), nationwide:
-“IT equipment is essential as we move to home working”
Brighton and Hove Speak Out: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/brighton-hove-speak-out
-IT technology for home working
The East to West Trust, Surrey and Berkshire: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/the-east-to-west-trust
-“We are beginning to work increasingly from a remote location (e.g. home as opposed to schools). Having laptops that would allow us to all use the same standard spec system (as opposed to the current myriad operating systems that people have due to the nature of using personal computers/machines) would make a real difference, increasing our workability and connectivity, both with those we support and within our own team structures”
Access Sport CIO, Hackney London:
-Digital resources, or learnings regarding digital resources, to support our delivery system to be adapted to a digital format
Bristol Disability Equality Forum:
-“PCs for our beneficiaries without them, access to free broadband to our beneficiaries homes (where they are without it), tele-conferencing system. The equipment is needed so our beneficiaries can still get peer support, and support from us, whilst they have to stay at home”
Self Injury Support, nationwide:
-Remote access call handling software
-Meeting and webinar software
West Sussex Mediation Service: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/west-sussex-mediation-serviceEquipment for remote working.
-Free use of video conferencing software.
-” Some external resource to support making elements of our delivery accessible online/digitally”.
Finchale Training College, County Durham
-IT Hardware with software Office licences and a broadband dongle to distribute to beneficiaries who do not have any access to the internet.
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK:
-Improved IT equipment and funding to keep the service available virtually.
Bromley Brighter Beginnings, London Https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/bromley-brighter-beginnings
-Laptops for homeschooling
Woking Mind, Woking https://whatcharity.com/charity/woking-mind
-Laptops for staff
Breakthrough UK: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/breakthrough-u-k-ltd/performance
-IT equipment e.g. portable devices for staff volunteers and clients, amazon fire or surface pro or any smart phones
Rotherham and Barnsley Mind, Rotherham and Barnsley: s://www.rbmind.co.uk/
-Hardware e.g. laptops, mobile phones printers general office equipment
The Halo Project, Middlesborough : https://www.haloproject.org.uk/
-Video enabled mobile phones so they can offer support face to face remotely
SATEDA, UK: https://whatcharity.com/charity/sateda-limited
Access to tablet/phones for clients or any remote conferencing software e.g. Zoom, Skype.
Hartcliffe Club for Young People, Bristol:
-Laptops for staff to work from home keeping contact with young people
Essential Supplies e.g. food:
Christian Action & Resource Enterprise Ltd, Lincolnshire: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/christian-action-and-resource-enterprise-ltd
-Food needed for beneficiaries
The Springfield Project, Birmingham:
-Donations of basic food and household essentials for our temporary foodbank.
Food needed – especially tinned potatoes, long-life fruit juice and pasta sauce
The Rock, Cheltenham:
-Food for local families whose children are home from school and not receiving their usual free school lunch.
Red Zebra Community Solutions, UK South East: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/red-zebra-community-solutions
-We are working with local partners to deliver food and medicines to some of the most isolated members of our community in Whitstable, so donations of money, food, toiletries and personal health items would be really useful.
Bromley Brighter Beginnings, London
-Nappies, wipes, baby clothes, children’s clothes
MumsAid, Greenwich London:
-Nappies, bathing items, baby bath, creams etc.
-Data bundles for our mums to enable them to stay in contact.
The Halo Project, Middlesborough : https://www.haloproject.org.uk/
-Food, toiletries, baby milk and other essential supplies
Voyage, Hackney, London voyageyouth.com:
-Food to pass on to beneficiaries
The Foxton Centre, Preston www.thefoxtoncentre.co.uk/donate:
Miscellaneous skills, goods and services:
Rage Arts, Shropshire:https://whatcharity.com/charity/rage-arts
-Rage Arts are in need of a new trustee/treasurer
Clitheroe Concerts Society, Clitheroe: https://clitheroeconcerts.org/
-New officers to join charity
Be Kind Movement, UK:
-We would also benefit from remote skills based volunteering assistance in marketing, legal work, and finance.
Nepal Village Foundation UK https://www.nvf.org.uk/:
-Remote fundraising managers
Deafblind UK, Peterborough: deafblind.org.uk
-Volunteers who can email or telephone befriend some of the charity’s beneficiaries
Katharine House Hospice Trust Oxfordshire:
-Furloughed staff to volunteer in housekeeping, catering or reception team
Kyaninga CDC Trust, UK (outreach in Uganda)
-Remote therapy intervention ideas, professional and personal staff development
Albury Sports Club Limited, Guildford:
-Furniture for new clubhouse
Africa’s Gift, UK with beneficiaries in Africa:
-“We collect footwear for Africa. We would welcome all sorts of footwear new end of line or second hand wearable footwear to be used again in Africa.
-Links to transportation to move our donations to our beneficiaries
-Shipping containers either part empty or donated empty ones
Prior’s Court Foundation, Berkshire
-Books, sensory items, sawdust, water butts
-Books / jigsaws (activities people can do at home)
The Friends of The Milestone School: whatcharity.com/charity/the-friends-of-the-milestone-school
-Donations of products/activities for children to use at home, e.g. games
Garage Art Group, Evesham:
Bishopsland Educational Trust:
-Any form of support from donors who resonate with mission: “We are a small arts charity and our focus is supporting emerging silversmiths and jewellers develop their practical skills and become self-employed makers”.
Finchale Training College, County Durham:
-Access to minibus due to theft of last one
Sustainable Travel Collective L.t.d., Nottingham
-Donations of bicycles, lights, locks and helmets to give to essential workers to keep them moving while public transport is severely restricted https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/sustainable-travel-collective-ltd