Furlonteer.com: the new non-profit project connecting furloughed employees with the people who need it most

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29 May 2020 | GradJobs News | Guest Author

Furlonteer.com is a brand new, organically-grown community initiative aiming to connect people on furlough with remote volunteer opportunities for charities and good causes. With seven in ten UK firms having furloughed staff and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme recently extended to September, Furlonteer.com is rapidly gaining traction. The initiative received over 1,000 sign-ups in the first 48 hours and over 50 charities have been matched with 'furlonteers' over the past weeks.

Matching the diverse skills and expertise that millions of furloughed people have with thousands of charities that need resources more than ever, Furlonteer.com allows people to spend their time making a positive difference while maintaining a sense of purpose, routine and focus during their extended period away from work.

'Furlonteers' are matched with volunteer roles for charities based on criteria such as their skills, experience and amount of time they have available, which can range from a few hours a month to several hours a day, the majority based from their homes.

With major events such as the London Marathon postponed, charities are being negatively impacted by COVID-19 and many have been forced to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme themselves in order to secure their long-term future plans. Furlonteer.com allows charities to find volunteers who can fill vital and diverse roles during this time; it could be anything from digital marketing, fundraising and IT to bookkeeping, HR and business development.

In addition, Furlonteer.com has partnered with Champion Health to support wellbeing in offering free online mental health training to those who register.

Charities signed up so far include UN Women, Duty to Care, Nourish Britain,
Meals for the NHS, The Big Give and UK Community Network, helping elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating.

The initiative was conceptualised over a lockdown takeaway curry on Zoom between Hamish Shephard, co-founder of Hello Fresh and founder of Bridebook, Rosie Shephard, founder of the Luxury Communications Council and Sam Tasker-Grindley, Director at accounting firm RSM UK.

Sam says, "Furlonteer.com was born from a simple idea: we realised that so many causes need help, while at this time so many people want to help them, and have time to do so. We decided to bring them together.

The novelty of being furloughed has worn off for many, and we've had an incredible response so far with a huge number of skilled and talented people willing to volunteer, either in charities or to help create the Furlonteer.com team.

Using digital platforms like Zoom, it's amazing to see a group of strangers in lockdown with a common passion coming together, combining their expertise to create a movement like Furlonteer.com within days. We're growing and excited to see what the future holds, both for Furlonteer.com and for the charities we're able to help"

Visit furlonteer.com for more information or to register to be a furlonteer or as a charity or cause. Alternatively, follow @furlonteer on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Notes to Editor

The Furlonteer.com team has been formed through those that registered to be furlonteers. The Founders handpicked volunteers with particular skills to build a dream team. We are currently a team of 20 and counting, all in lockdown in different parts of the UK, with a couple of international additions, chosen for different skills, but all with a shared mission:
To connect those who want to help, with those that need it the most.

UN Women
UN Women is working hard to campaign for women's rights during COVID-19, tirelessly advocating for government policy that protects women during this time and helping fight against the rise in domestic violence during lockdown. In Lebanon, refuges are turning away women who escape violent households as they have a lack of testing facilities for COVID-19, so UN Women has launched a reactive, on-the-ground solution that ensures women have a safe place to go. Furlonteer.com is working with the team at UN Women and matching registered furlonteers to several varied roles that span communications, website building and back-end management to help keep awareness and outreach flowing for the charity.
For more information please see unwomen.org

Duty to Care
A recently-launched cause aiming to provide mental health and wellbeing support to NHS workers, Duty to Care aims to grant access to much-needed help including virtual yoga, mindfulness, breathwork and meditation sessions, CBT and other specialist mental health services, nutritionists, life coaches and personal trainers. While trying to reach the people who will benefit from these services the most, Duty to Care is working with Furlonteer.com on filling vital roles in NHS worker liaison, blog content writing and experienced roles in social media and digital marketing.
For more information please see dutytocare.info

Visit furlonteer.com for more information or to register to be a furlonteer or as a charity or cause. Alternatively, follow @furlonteer on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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