Team London announced plans for a new ‘speed’ volunteering and work platform in partnership with Do-it.org, at the ‘Volunteering 2020: Social Transformers’ event as part of National Volunteers’ Week.
The new site, to be launched in the winter, will offer ‘speed’ volunteering opportunities enabling younger people to volunteer quickly and easily for up to six hours, finding out about these opportunities via text messages and social media. Small organisations will be able to set up online communities of volunteers, who will be able to comment on and recommend opportunities to their friends via Facebook. London’s 18-25 year olds will also be able to utilise their volunteering experience to help them get paid work.
The new platform will enable young people to build an online CV of their volunteering experiences, and use the skills they gain to access to paid work opportunities provided by London employers. Young Londoners will also be able to access thousands of volunteer opportunities posted by the capital’s Volunteer Centres through the new service.
Making it even easier to volunteer
Speaking about the new partnership, the Mayor said, ‘'Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity for young Londoners to learn invaluable new skills that will help set them up for life. We want to make it easier to get involved in volunteering, which is why I welcome Team London’s exciting new partnership with Do-it.org.’
Team London’s new website will be powered by Do-it.org, the UK’s largest volunteering website, which connects over 250,000 people every month with communities that need their help. Do-it is owned by the charity ivo, who took it over from Youthnet in 2013, and the charity is currently redeveloping the service, which will also launch in the autumn.
Helping young people enhance their skills
ivo’s CEO, Jamie Ward-Smith said, ‘We are thrilled to be working with Team London on this exciting new development for London’s youth. It fits perfectly with our objective of helping volunteers to utilise their experience to enhance their career development and provides a great example of how the new Do-it platform can support joined up working and in turn boost the capacity of volunteering.’
Social Transformers in the first in a series of ‘Volunteering 2020’ events run by ivo to bring the sector together to explore new trends in social action. Social Transformers is a Volunteers’ Week event to showcase innovative and new projects happening in the sector right now, to bring together experts with advice on how we can better attract the types of volunteers we are looking for and robust discussion on what we are doing well and what we might be able to do better, as a sector.
Speed volunteering grants
Team London recognise that people in London are more likely to volunteer if they can fit it in around their busy lifestyles. Therefore the authority has approximately £200,000 to distribute as a series of £10,000 grants to 20 speed volunteering projects. The grant payment schedule will involve £5,000 on the creation and uploading of suitable Speed Volunteering roles. The second instalment of £5,000 will be released to ensure a 12 month supply of Speed Volunteering opportunities.
Team London is pleased to announce that we will be working with the following organisations on the Speed Volunteering project. Initially these organisations Speed Volunteering opportunities will appear on the Team London website ahead of moving onto the new platform over the winter 2014.
- National Trust – London
- London Youth Games Foundation
- Croydon Voluntary Action
- Trees for Cities
- Providence Row
- Up Projects
- Significant Seams CIC
- Haringey Mencap
- Cordwainers Grow
- Guy Fox History Project Limited
- Voluntary Action Harrow
- The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
- Here to Islington
- Bee Collective
- Age UK Waltham Forest
- Volunteering Wandsworth (Groundwork)
- Vine Project
- Deen City Farm
- Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham