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:
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/the-big-issue-foundation
-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: 
https://whatcharity.com/charity/big-breakfast 
-Support with IT

Signal Charity, Nationwide:
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/signal-sensory-impairment-globally-nationally-and-locally
-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  
-Strategic mentoring 
-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)”

SATEDA, Sittingbourne 
https://whatcharity.com/charity/sateda-limited
-Marketing support (especially social media)

Body & Soul, Nationwide but based in London: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/body-and-soul
-Help going digital

Barking Mad Dog Rescue, UK based but work in Romania: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/barking-mad-dog-rescue
-Professional help with business overview and structure. Graphic designers too please. 
-Marketing professionals.

Possible, Nationwide: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/the-10-10-foundation
-Skills-based marketing help

SongBird Survival, Nationwide:
https://whatcharity.com/charity/songbird-survival
-Strategy for the future
-Web design and digital training

Father’s House Church, Rotheramhttps://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 UKManchester
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/breakthrough-u-k-ltd/performance
-Training in IT and digital platforms

West Sussex Mediation Service, Sussex: https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/west-sussex-mediation-service
-IT expertise  
-Help with maintaining our profile(marketing)

Deafblind UK, Peterborough: https://deafblind.org.uk/
-Help with marketing messages/strategy

Countryside Restoration TrustCambridgehttps://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 TogetherLeedshttps://www.holbecktogether.org/
-Digital support 

Devon Family History SocietyExeter: 
(https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/devon-family-history-society):
-Digital marketing, maximising the penetration of social media, and digital transformation of services

Lisa Kent Trust, Cambridge: https://lisakenttrust.org/-Web Designer 

Strategic support:

Albury Sports Club LimitedGuildford: 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”

Nystagmus Network 
https://www.whatcharity.com/search?name=nystagmus+network&page=1
-Support with emergency and recovery planning.

African Community School, Dalston, London
http://acschool.org.uk/
-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
-Strategic Help

Beechwood Cancer Care, Manchester: 
http://www.beechwoodcancercare.org.uk/
-Strategic help and a “sounding board” for existing ideas.

The Friends of The Milestone School, Gloucester: 
https://themilestoneschool.co.uk/friends-supporters/friends-milestone/
-strategic assistance to help navigate the next months and possibly years

Training: 

Lymphoma Actionhttps://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” 

Wheely Tots
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/wheely-tots 
-“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

Mentoring:

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: 
https://tickwood.co.uk/
-“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.”

Counsellors:

Compass – Services to Tackle Problem Drug Use, York: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/compass-services-to-tackle-problem-drug-use
-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.

Bid Writing: 

Ability Dogs 4 Young People, Isle of White
https://whatcharity.com/charity/ability-dogs-4-young-people-iow
-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: 
https://whatcharity.com/charity/the-barnet-bereavement-service
-Access to the use of therapy rooms 

North Somerset Black and Minority Ethnic NetworkSomersethttps://whatcharity.com/charity/north-somerset-black-and-minority-ethnic-network
-Access to safe office space

Medical:

Coquet Trust, Newcastle: 
http://www.coquettrust.co.uk/
-PPE equipment 

The Lodge Trust CIO: 
https://whatcharity.com/charity/the-lodge-trust-cio
-PPE equipment

SkyAngels Air Ambulance: 
-COVID-19 medical kit 
-Aircraft lease 

Age UK Dacorum: 
-PPE equipment

SADS UK: 
-Defibrillators
-AED training units 

Katharine House Hospice 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/katharine-house-hospice-trust:
-PPE equipment

Digital Hardware and Software Donations:

Survivors’ Network, Brighton 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/the-survivors-network-limited
-“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:
https://rsvporg.co.uk/ 
-“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 TrustSurrey and Berkshirehttps://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: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/access-sport-cio
-Digital resources, or learnings regarding digital resources, to support our delivery system to be adapted to a digital format

Bristol Disability Equality Forum: 
https://whatcharity.com/charity/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: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/self-injury-support-ltd 
-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.

Power2, London: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/teens-and-toddlers-trading-as-power2-ltd
-” Some external resource to support making elements of our delivery accessible online/digitally”.

Finchale Training CollegeCounty Durham
https://www.finchalegroup.co.uk/
-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: 
https://www.pwsa.co.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 UKhttps://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 MindRotherham 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

SATEDAUKhttps://whatcharity.com/charity/sateda-limited
Access to tablet/phones for clients or any remote conferencing software e.g. Zoom, Skype. 
-Wifi dongles

Hartcliffe Club for Young PeopleBristol
-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: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/the-springfield-project
-Donations of basic food and household essentials for our temporary foodbank.

Colchester Foodbank 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/colchester-foodbank
Food needed – especially tinned potatoes, long-life fruit juice and pasta sauce

The RockCheltenham
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/the-rock
-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 BeginningsLondon 
Https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/bromley-brighter-beginnings
-Nappies, wipes, baby clothes, children’s clothes

MumsAid, Greenwich London:
https://www.mums-aid.org/
-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 CentrePreston www.thefoxtoncentre.co.uk/donate:
-Food donations

Miscellaneous skills, goods and services:

Rage ArtsShropshire: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: 
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/be-kind-movement
-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:
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/katharine-house-hospice-trust 
-Furloughed staff to volunteer in housekeeping, catering or reception team

Kyaninga CDC TrustUK (outreach in Uganda)
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/kyaninga-cdc-trust 
-Remote therapy intervention ideas, professional and personal staff development

Albury Sports Club Limited, Guildford: 
https://whatcharity.com/search?name=1154921&lat=51.3263&lon=-0.5801&distance=25&page=1
-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 FoundationBerkshire
www.priorscourt.org.uk 
-Books, sensory items, sawdust, water butts

Age UK: 
-Books / jigsaws (activities people can do at home)
-Drawing Materials

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:
 https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/the-garage-art-group
-Art supplies 

Bishopsland Educational Trust
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/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
https://www.whatcharity.com/charity/sustainable-travel-collective-ltd:
-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

Let’s extend our gaze beyond simply “fighting the virus” and turn towards the vulnerable communities that are in need of support in the wake of COVID-19. If you or your organisation would like to increase your charitable engagement but have not found a suitable cause listed above or on our dashboard, get in touch for bespoke matchmaking at nana@whatcharity.com

If you have engaged with one of the charities or requests listed above, please let us know. We would love to hear your stories!

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