When you work for yourself you can chose how you spend your time, so it seems only right to spend some of it helping others. Here are some causes close to our hearts.hearts:
Supporting young people in education
Elliot Howard, office junior
While still in the sixth form Elliot became a volunteer tutor with TeamUp, a programme that provides extra tuition to disadvantaged pupils. He enjoyed his work at a primary school in Hackney so much that a year later he spent a month in Tanzania as a volunteer teaching English to an energetic class of 25 five to seven year olds.
He also volunteers with Shelter from the Storm, a London charity that provides completely free emergency night shelter, dinner and breakfast for 38 homeless people every night of the year.
This year he earned a spot on a ten week international volunteer placement with Restless Development, an agency placing young people at the forefront of charitable development in Africa and Asia. Assigned to Nepal, Elliot would have worked in rural communities raising awareness around sexual health and civil rights for young women. Unfortunately, this was cancelled due to Covid-19, but he hopes to do something similar as soon as he is allowed, and in the meantime plans to help people closer to home.
Supporting the local business community
Debbie Smith, Tech PR
Debbie has been involved in Cheltenham Connect for many years since first going along to its weekly co-working event Laptop Friday as a way to meet other local business people. Finding the support invaluable, she decided to get involved.
She co-organised the group’s annual Connect Business trade show for eight years, attended by some 300 local business people and supported by the town’s MP, and chaired discussion panels at the event interviewing leading local businesses. This year she’s supporting its activities at the Gloucestershire Business Show.
Caring for young people with special needs
Lauren Bowden,head of FinTech content
The volunteers are there to give the families of children with disabilities some extra time to recharge their batteries or get other things done. Lauren finds volunteering very rewarding and fulfilling, knowing she’s making a genuine difference in the lives of a local family.
Music tuition for young people
Sandra Vogel,head of Tech content
Merton Music Foundation supports local schools to provide whole class instrumental and singing tuition as well as providing tuition to individuals and small groups, running bands, choirs and ensembles. It gives young people access to a wide range of different instruments and top quality tutors.
Having been lucky enough to have had music lessons at school, Sandra reaped the benefits as an adult. She now plays saxophone in various ensembles, so knows first-hand how enriching music can be.
Nurturing young talent
Sam Howard founder
Sam is now in her second year as a career mentor with Career Ready, a national charity that prepares disadvantaged young people for the world of work. A CIPR recognised initiative, the charity aims to provide mentor support and authentic employer experiences for over 69,000 young people every year.
Sam has been dedicated to helping young people launch their careers for some time, having volunteered with the Taylor Bennett Foundation for many years and teaching employability modules in PR and journalism at several UK and US universities.