A SKILLS organisation which encourages companies to share their expertise with charities and social enterprises is using Volunteers' Week to bring new businesses on board.
SkillsBridge matches volunteers from the private and public sector with a range of charities and social enterprises who could benefit from their expertise and has been hailed by the Government as a model of best practice.
In the past year volunteers from more than 50 companies, including Benfield Motors, Greggs, Eversheds, KPMG, Home Group, Carillion plc and EDF Energy, have provided mentoring and advice to around 80 North East organisations.
With Volunteers’ Week running until Friday, the Newcastle-based organisation hopes more firms will be encouraged to help the voluntary sector fill the gaps in their skill sets by offering advice and support.
SkillsBridge chief executive Andrew White said: “Often, charities may be unsure how to expand or develop.
“They may need support with business planning, financial management, legal advice or guidance on human resources – and that’s where we can help.
“We can call on some of the most experienced business people in the region who are happy to share their expertise absolutely free of charge.
“Volunteers’ Week showcases the vital work done by people from all walks of life who give their time for free and we have helped forge some amazing partnerships, which have brought benefits not just to the voluntary organisation but to the companies too.
“A lot of work goes into matching the right individual to the right project and then managing the process in a hands-on and supportive way.
“We hope that more businesses will sign up during this week and allow us to help more charities to thrive and develop.”
SkillsBridge is also calling on more companies, from small consultancies to plcs to get involved with the project, either by offering financial support or by volunteering to share their skills.
To find out more about SkillsBridge and the service it provides, ring 0191 275 5059 or email Andrew@skills-bridge.org