We’re excited by the results of 2016, our first full year of operating our new online service.
Reach Volunteering supported over 930 placements last year, an increase of over 30 per cent on 2014, the last full year of our ‘offline’ service. And we estimate the total value of the skills transferred to the sector by our volunteers last year to be £13m.
Want to know more? Our latest annual review has all the detail.
We are delighted to share with you some highlights from our annual review 2015/16. It was a busy and exciting time here at Reach as our operations went from a manually brokered service to a self-service and peer to peer one.
Last year we:
• recorded 506 volunteer placements
• supported 306 charities
• made 2,300 introductions between charities and volunteers.
We estimate that the total value of the skills transferred to the sector by our volunteers is £7.3m.
So, what next? Our focus is firmly on the not-for-profits and volunteers who use our service.
We will keep seeking feedback to improve our service and help our users to achieve their end goals, both increasing capacity and strengthening the governance of organisations, and helping volunteers find professionally rewarding ways to make a difference.
Read more about our achievements and our plans for the year ahead in our full annual review 2015/16.
We are excited to launch our annual review for 2014/15!
It’s been a jam-packed year where we have grown upon our success from previous years: we’ve seen demand from charities grow particularly in the trustee recruitment sphere, new partnerships were developed and a record number of matches made.
Many of our matches this year were trustees, in part due to our Matching service which in November 2013 was made free for charities with a turnover of under £1 million.
Here are some of the year’s highlights:
We are now looking forward to an even better year ahead as we await the launch of our new digital platform.
You may have seen in previous blogs (you can read more here and here) that we have been developing a innovative digital platform which will make it easier for charities and volunteers to find each other and put the power to search and connect in their hands.
We have been developing the new site throughout 2014 and we are pleased to say that we are on the home stretch so we look forward to delivering this to you soon.
You can download our 2014/2015 annual review on our website.
I hope you enjoy it!
To capture the spirit of Volunteers’ Week Reach has published an Annual Report celebrating the achievements of skilled volunteers over the last year.
Reach specialises in making high impact volunteering happen by connecting charities of all sizes with skilled people.
This new Annual Review celebrates the successes of charities, volunteers and Reach alike, all in a compact and succinct format.
Janet Thorne, Chief Executive of Reach, said: ‘We felt it was really important to publish this report during Volunteers’ Week, as everything Reach does is about the value and impact that volunteers have.
‘The country is currently celebrating the tens of thousands of people up and down the country who are making a difference to their communities with their talent and time. We hope we can inspire even more to join them over the next year.’
Highlights for Reach over the last year include
Looking ahead, the report also talks about how Reach is transforming its services over the coming years to help even more charities and skilled people come together to make amazing things happen.
You can download the report, which is optimised for online viewing, from our publications library now.
Reach had an excellent year in 2102 helping to place 480 skilled volunteers with a wide range of charities across the Third Sector.
Charities continually need to fill vacancies in key roles, particularly as Trustees, and Reach as the skilled volunteering charity has been providing this invaluable service for more than 30 years with our placements advisors widely respected for their expertise and enthusiasm in finding the right match between skilled volunteer and charity.
Reach starts 2013 on a positive note with secured finding, including a £120,000 grant from the City of London’s City Bridge Trust and with plans well advanced to introduce iReach – a new web-based platform which will dramatically increase the volume, range and quality of skilled volunteering across the UK by building an online community where charities and volunteers will meet, interact, and find their ideal match.
Reach’s annual report for 2011/12 is now available.
This new edition is compact and succinct, telling the story of how we are realising our vision in a bold and impacful way.
It has been inspired by praise in The Guardian’s influencial Voluntary Sector Network blog for the 2009/10 edition, where Zoe Amar referred to it as, “a bold, punchy summary of what they do and the difference they make.” Cited as best practice for other charities to learn from, the publication was commended for avoiding information overload.
Highlights of the last year include registering 1,200 new volunteers, suggesting voluntary roles to over 2,000 professionals and providing about £9 million worth of skills to charities.
Looking ahead, we’re developing more high-value services that charities have told us they need and helping them weather the economic climate.