Reach Annual Review
June 6th, 2014 by Jeanne Davis

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

  • A phenomenal 60% increase in new volunteers recruited by Reach;
  • An estimated £8 million worth of skills transferred to the voluntary sector – skills that many charities could not otherwise have afforded;
  • A groundbreaking 2,479 volunteer introductions made to charities.

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.

A retired writer, Jeanne is Reach’s Volunteer Publicity Officer. You can read more about Jeanne in her series on the Laterlife website.

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October 23rd, 2013 by Madeleine Boomgaarden

Reach’s Trusteeworks Matching Service will be free from 1 November 2013 for charities with an annual turnover of under £1 million. Reach believes that removing the entry level charge of £75 for smaller charities, who have limited funds for recruiting, will make a big difference by helping them to strengthen their boards.

Strong boards, with a sufficient breadth of experience and skills, are crucial for charities facing difficult decisions in an uncertain economic climate. The ability to recruit outside a charity’s immediate networks by using a service like Reach is an important factor in this process.

The Trusteeworks Matching Service provides a free, high-quality introduction to skilled volunteers. The trustee role appears on Reach’s register of available trustee opportunities, and Reach’s recruitment teams search their extensive register of available volunteers, sound out candidates and forward suitable names to the charity.

In addition to the Matching Service, Reach offers the Trusteeworks Matching Plus Service and the Trusteeworks Premium Service which provide additional features such as preparing advertising copy for the role and in-depth screening and briefing of candidates.

Reach is the biggest recruiter of trustees in the UK having placed nearly 750 with charities all over the country since the launch of Trusteeworks in October 2009, including 185 in 2012 and 142 so far this year. Overall, Reach placed 500 volunteers in 2012 representing an estimated value of £9 million worth of skills transferred into the charity sector, and registered over 1,000 new volunteers and more than 1,100 placement opportunities with charities.

Madeleine was Reach’s Marketing Manager until August 2014

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Iain Herbertson
August 1st, 2013 by Robin Gordon-Walker

Iain Herbertson, who was a Reach Trustee for several years until he left the Board earlier this year, has sadly died.

He contributed much time and energy to Reach and showed insight and imagination to finding better ways of doing things.

While he’d been ill for a number of years this in no way diminished his commitment and verve as a Trustee.

During his time at Reach, he helped with the successful implementation of TrusteeWorks and with ensuring that Reach developed in a positive forward-looking way to continue to deliver its unique and vital role for professional volunteering.

Before joining Reach, Iain had a long and successful career in the employment services industry mostly with the major international company Manpower. His senior positions included Managing Director of Manpower UK and President of Manpower’s Asia and Pacific operations.

A retired journalist, Robin now looks after Reach’s press and PR functions on a voluntary basis.

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Andrew Dent
May 23rd, 2013 by Robin Gordon-Walker

Reach has appointed a new Chair, Senior Civil Servant Andrew Dent.

Joining him on the Reach Board as its new Treasurer will be experienced financial accountant Graham Warner.

Reach Chief Executive Janet Thorne said, “We are delighted that Andrew is to be our new Chair and Graham our new Treasurer. They bring key management, financial and professional skills and will strengthen our governance as we move to delivering an enhanced and more effective service to charities and professional volunteers. That we can attract leaders of such calibre is a positive indicator of the continuing value of Reach’s unique service to the health of the Third Sector. We are proud that both appointees came from our own register, despite a wide recruitment campaign.”

Andrew Dent said, “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Reach Chair and see it as an excellent opportunity to use the skills and experience I have built in Whitehall to help it develop and thrive for the future.”

Graham Warner said, “Reach is a highly regarded organisation and I look forward as Treasurer to contributing my financial and business experience to further improve its services to charities and volunteers.”

Andrew Dent has spent most of his career at the Home Office where he is currently Director of Passport Operations. Previously he was Head of UK Wide Operations for the London 2012 Olympics including overseeing the Torch Relay, and Deputy Director of the National Asylum Support Service. Between 1997 and 2000 he served as one of The Queen’s Private Secretaries. In 2000, he was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO). He has been Trustee of the Jubilee Walkway Trust since 2004.

Graham Warner, a qualified Chartered Accountant for 35 years, has worked as a finance director and in senior financial reporting roles for a number of leading financial services firms. He has also previously been Treasurer of his local Mencap Society

Andrew and Graham will join the Reach Board with effect from its Annual General Meeting on June 4.

At the AGM Bob Fee will leave the Reach Board after many years of service including the last two as Chairman.

Janet Thorne said, “Bob has served Reach well and his leadership helped us to steer successfully through the sometimes choppy waters that all charities have faced in the last few years of economic strain.”

The board of Reach Trustees from June 4 will be:

  • Andrew Dent (Chair)
  • Graham Warner(Treasurer)
  • Simon Hebditch
  • Mary Selfe
  • Jon Edwards
A retired journalist, Robin now looks after Reach’s press and PR functions on a voluntary basis.

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January 16th, 2013 by Robin Gordon-Walker

Reach Volunteering has received a £120,000 grant from City of London Corporation charity City Bridge Trust which will support our TrusteeWorks service in the London area over the next three years.

TrusteeWorks, which has been running for three years, helps us to recruit Trustees for small and medium-sized charities who find it difficult on their own to source enough Board members with the right skills and experience.

The Grant is great news. We are coming up to our 500th trustee placement and it’s great to know we will be able to continue to make an impact by strengthening charity boards in London.Charities we have helped in London include:

  • Cultural Co-operation an independent arts and heritage educational charity which delivers high-quality popular engagement with the world’s cultures. Its Chief Executive Prakash Daswani said: “TrusteeWorks has provided our relatively small charity with a regular and invaluable stream of talented and experienced volunteers including three Board appointments in one of whom became our Chair.”
  • Kingston Bereavement Service an independent charity offering bereavement support to people in Kingston, London. The charity was looking for a new Trustee with professional skills and TrusteeWorks was able to quickly find a suitable one to help them evaluate and monitor their service. Manager Sheila Nardone said: “Thanks to TrusteeWorks the process of recruitment was swift and easy. We were so glad to have someone new with a strategic focus who fitted in so well.”
A retired journalist, Robin now looks after Reach’s press and PR functions on a voluntary basis.

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September 3rd, 2012 by Robin Gordon-Walker

Reach, the skilled volunteering charity, has appointed two new Trustees – Simon Hebditch, a social organisation consultant, and Andrew Jenkinson a Board level insurance specialist.

Reach’s Interim Chief Executive David Collins said, “Simon and Andrew bring a key range of management, financial and professional skills to Reach’s work. We are very pleased to have them on board as Reach embarks on its next phase of delivering an enhanced and more effective service to charities and professional volunteers.”

Simon Hebditch said, “Having worked for many years in the voluntary sector I have been aware of Reach and the invaluable and unique service it provides and I look forward very much to helping it develop its services and thrive for the future.”

Andrew Jenkinson said, “Reach is a highly regarded organisation and I look forward to contributing my financial and business experience to further improve its services to charities and volunteers.”

Liz Maher is standing down as a Reach trustee after nine years of service.

David Collins said, “Liz has made a very strong contribution to Reach and has been an inspiration to the our Board, staff and volunteers. We wish her well for the future.”

Simon Hebditch has worked in the voluntary and community sector for many years, specialising in policy analysis, strategic planning, campaigning and external relations. He is a Trustee of the Small Charities Coalition and was the first chief executive of Capacitybuilders from February 2006 to March 2008. Previously he had been external affairs director of the Charities Aid Foundation and assistant director of NCVO.

Andrew Jenkinson is Non Executive Director, Consultant and Interim Manager at Andrew Jenkinson Associates. He was formerly Group Finance Director at Barbon Insurance Group Ltd and Chairman of Friends of Hertfordshire Youth Music Groups.

Liz Maher is Director of Centurion VAT Specialists Ltd, a Council Member on Newport Board at South Wales Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of Friends of Newport Cathedral Choir and a member of the CBI Enterprise Forum in Wales at CBI.

The current board of Reach Trustees is:

  • Bob Fee (Chair)
  • Frank Moxon (Deputy Chair)
  • Andrew Jenkinson (Treasurer)
  • Iain Herbertson
  • Liz Burns
  • Nicky Field
  • Simon Hebditch
A retired journalist, Robin now looks after Reach’s press and PR functions on a voluntary basis.

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stack of newspapers
July 14th, 2011 by Reach

The Guardian has praised Reach in an online post about making a successful annual review.

In the influencial Voluntary Sector Network blog, Zoe Amar referred to the 2009/10 edition 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 highlighted as an example of avoiding information overload and producing an impact report.

You can read the piece for yourself here.

Reach’s annual review tells the story of how we are realising our vision of a society where all charities find the skills they need to succeed.

This recognition comes just as the new 2010/11 edition has been published and made available on the Reach website. Download it to read about the impact that Reach volunteers have had on the organisations they’ve helped here.

Reach Volunteering: connecting people, skills and good causes.

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November 1st, 2010 by Reach

Reach CEO Sarah King this week featured in Third Sector magazine’s My Week feature with a diary of her experience of Trustees’ Week.

To build on the success and promote the role of Reach volunteering in Trustees’ Week, Sarah King opened up her week to colleagues across the third sector.

Her diary details the ups and downs, as well as the incredible amount of work involved in, Trustees’ Week.

Third Sector offers coverage of the whole range of voluntary sector concerns, and many of the 80,000 readers are chief executives, trustees and senior managers in charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

The magazine describes itself as, “the UK’s leading publication for everyone who needs to know what’s going on in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector”, making it a perfect to promote the benefits of Reach’s trustee services.

As well as charity sector leaders, readers also include parliamentarians, lawyers, finance professionals and private sector executives concerned with corporate responsibility.

You can read the diary in our blog here.

Reach Volunteering: connecting people, skills and good causes.

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Files and folders
May 1st, 2010 by Reach

Reach Volunteering has signed up for London’s volunteering charter.

London’s Volunteer Management Charter has been developed by Greater London ‘Volunteering’s Experts in Volunteering’ Project in close consultation with the Volunteer Centre Network.

Reach has endorsed the Charter and so commits to:

  • supporting this initiative by promoting the use of the Charter and Health Check to strengthen the volunteer management practice
  • completing the Volunteer Management Health Check.

To sign up visit Volunteering England.

Reach Volunteering: connecting people, skills and good causes.

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Stack of used notebooks
April 9th, 2010 by Reach

People Management, the official magazine of the The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has featured Reach in an article about employee volunteering.

The article, which is featured online as well as in the print edition , is entitled Volunteering: Not just giving.

Drawing on examples from across Reach’s placements, Reach CEO Sarah King gives an insight into the world of value employee volunteering can offer, and best practice tips for companies and HR managers looking to introduce such schemes.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for those involved in the management and development of people. It has 130,000 individual members.

You can read the article in full here.

Reach Volunteering: connecting people, skills and good causes.

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