As you may have read before, we are building a new online platform for our service, which will make it easier for charities and volunteers to connect. It will provide a better, swifter and more engaging service, and, hopefully, entice many more charities and volunteers to join up.
We believe that it will completely revolutionise skills-based volunteering: volunteers will find it easier to access interesting opportunities, charities will be able to connect directly with highly skilled individuals looking to make a difference; and everyone will be able to direct their own activity to suit their own purposes.
“We believe that it will completely revolutionise skills-based volunteering”
Most importantly, it will enable us to scale up what we’re doing so that we can provide charities with a bigger pool of talented professionals, and offer these professionals a greater range of opportunities to suit their particular interests and skills.
Those who have been following more closely might have noticed that we have been building this platform throughout 2014, and our original timing has slipped a little… What can I say? It is an ambitious project!
We are crystal clear about what we need the new platform to do, but there have been lots of complexities to resolve: for example how to cater for people who want to recruit volunteers and be a volunteer themselves? Or how can we best migrate opportunities which are mid-recruitment? These are just a few of the issues that have been exercising our collective brains.
Happily, the end is now in sight and we are aiming to launch in the summer. We will be in touch with more details nearer the time. In the meantime, I’m pleased to say that things are progressing well: feedback from initial testing has been very positive and our partnership with LinkedIn has flourished.
I am honoured to have spoken at the UK launch of LinkedIn’s Volunteer Market, part of their LinkedIn for good initiative, on Thursday 5 February. When we go live with our new platform, we will automatically cross-post all of our volunteering roles to LinkedIn, providing great exposure for the roles, and enabling us to reach a wider audience of people who may not have considered volunteering before.
It’s a very exciting time for us at Reach and we look forward to sharing the fruits of our labour soon.