Business in the Community’s new Skills Match platform is helping business volunteers with projects in helping tackling wider social challenges amid the coronavirus crisis.
The online platform, launched last month, also enables business volunteers to be strategically matched with public sector organisations to be involved in co-design project teams and offer additional resources and skills from the private sector.
The core aim of Skills Match is to ultimately benefit people and communities experiencing a range of challenges by helping the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector develop its organisations and adapt their services to meet the growing challenges and needs facing the people and communities they serve.
This programme presents a different approach – individual efforts – be those of governments, businesses or VCSE organisations are valuable and can make a tangible difference to the vital few in need of specific help at a point in time.
Skills Match will harness what is best about each sector and bring those skills and resources together to create synergies that will collectively build a stronger, more resilient and productive country.
Business in the Community is inviting community groups, charities, and social enterprises to register on our Skills Match platform and to post their requests for work and projects requiring business skills and expertise.
“For example, a charity may be looking for help to redesign their service offer so they can provide services online,” it says.
“A social enterprise may be looking for help to develop a business plan to help them through the current crisis and into the future.
“Business volunteers can also register on the website and they’ll have the ability to search for opportunities by a cause they are interested in and by the skills they can offer. Once the business person sees a request they are interested in, they simply ‘apply’ for more information.
“This ‘application’ goes directly to the community group/charity and they will then contact the interested individual to agree next steps. Business in the Community will play a key role to ensure that both parties (charity and business volunteer) are clear on what is expected from them at the outset: the project deliverables, level of commitment and timescales.”