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FAQ’s

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If you are looking to get involved with Social Good Connect, or just find out a bit more about what we do and how we can help you achieve your social responsibility goals, why not schedule a call with our lovely Business Engagement Manager, Sarah?

She absolutely loves to hear from socially conscious businesses – bonus points if you ask about her big dog, Reggie!

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During CEO Caroline McKenna’s years of experience in both the private and third sector she realised that there is a real need and desire for closer collaboration between these sectors. Businesses and charities want to work together but often don’t know where to start!

Social Good Connect is a connecter for good between non-profits and the businesses who want to better support them. You can read more about our story in a couple of recent articles by the Third Force News and The Herald.

There are so many business benefits to investing in employer led volunteering.

From increased employee engagement, to supporting your employees’ mental wellbeing, and building your reputation – there are lots of reasons to get involved.

Please contact us if you would like more details.

Charities:

If you are interested in signing up to the platform, please contact megan@socialgoodconnect.org who will guide you through our onboarding process. You will be asked to set up a charity profile and enter information about where you are based and what you do. From there, you will be able to create volunteer opportunities including a role description, the time commitment required and a deadline date. If someone connects with this opportunity, you will be able to reach out to them to organise interviews, documents, and any other necessary logistics. It’s so easy and simple…we promise!

Employers:

If you are interested in signing up to become a member, please contact sarah@socialgoodconnect.org  who will guide you through our onboarding process. Once you are all set up, your employees can start creating their own profiles and connecting with volunteering opportunities. You can check the reporting dashboard any time to see the difference your team are making in the world!

Employees:

Once your employer signs up, you will receive an email asking you to create a profile and details of your skills and interests. Once set up, you can browse volunteering opportunities and connect with charities. When you make a successful connection, the charity will contact you via email with information about getting started. It’s such a worthwhile thing to do …

This year has not been easy for anyone, and we totally understand if right now doesn’t feel like the right time to take on a new project.

However, many of the businesses partners who have joined us over the last few months have told us that the difficult time they are facing right now is actually exactly why they have got involved right now.

Employee volunteering is a great way to bring your team together over a shared purpose, support their mental health and wellbeing in an impactful way, and give back to the communities that need a little extra support more than ever.

You can read more about why now might actually be the perfect time to introduce employee volunteering here.

First of all, well done! We love to hear about companies who are already doing good work in this area.

At Social Good Connect we work closely with the businesses who join us to align our support with their specific social responsibility goals.

Do you mainly create impact through fundraising? Brilliant! Employee volunteering would complement your existing social good plans perfectly.

Already support a ‘charity of the year‘? Fantastic – keep going! But, why not increase your social impact by supporting many more through employee volunteering?

We will work together with you to amplify your existing social impact strategy, and give you another way to give back.

 

No! Volunteer recruitment has been a long-term issue for charities and third-sector organisations, and Social Good Connect is a long-term solution.

Our model has been in design for 2 years prior to COVID-19 and was accelerated to support communities during the pandemic.

We will continue to refine, improve and add new features to our digital platform, based on your feedback.

Read more about why volunteers will always be needed.

We have set up a reporting dashboard that collects feedback from charities and employee volunteers that will measure the number of employees in your organisation who are signed up and active on the site and the number of volunteering applications they have made. We understand how important it is to measure impact and we are working to refine this feature in future updates, so any  metrics that would be useful to your organisation, please get in touch here to let us know!

 

Yes! One of the things we are most excited about this year is the rise in micro-volunteering and online volunteering. On our digital platform there will be opportunities which could take as little as 10 minutes to complete from the comfort of your desk, your sofa, or even your workday commute! Lack of time is one of the biggest barriers to volunteering, which is why we love the fact that some employers are offering their staff time to volunteer during work hours

If you are reading this as an employee who is super enthusiastic about volunteering but unsure if your boss will feel the same way, we can help. We are in the process of creating a toolkit that will help you to speak to your employer on the business benefits of employer led volunteering, but in the meantime check out this article on why your company should get involved. You could also recommend us to the key contacts in your organisation, HR , CSR, Senior leaders- we are happy to speak to the right people at the most convenient time.

No, not at all. Employer led volunteering is one way to show your staff that you support local causes, but it is not right for every employer. There are other ways of building purpose into your businesses, check out some of our articles here to find out more. However, if your staff have expressed an interest in employee volunteering schemes, it might be something to consider. With our digital platform you can sign your team up to find opportunities in their own time or yours – just set the boundaries and you are good to go!

Costs for membership are based on the number of employees and annual membership fees cost as little as £600 per annum for under 10 employees to £4500 for 1000+ employees

Membership will be free to join for non-profits.

Contact us for more details.

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