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Free Business Volunteer Support

Business in the Community (BITC) and its network of business members are leading a movement to create a fair and sustainable world in which to live and work. Formed in 1982, and with HRH The Prince of Wales as our Royal Founding Patron, BITC are the largest and longest-established membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. They work and campaign with more than 600 members to continually grow their responsible business practices, uniting our efforts for greater social and environmental impact in our communities.

As part of that, they have a number of ways VCS can engage in their work.

Skills Exchange

One-to-one skilled business volunteer support – source business volunteers with a wide array of skills including those listed below:

  • Finance / budgets/ funding applications
  • HR/ policy writing/ staff management/ change management/ training
  • Technology and digital support (technology set ups, remote working advice, to website and app design etc)
  • Marketing, comms and social media
  • Business planning, project management and general business support and advice
  • Specialist services like legal support or surveyors etc.

Please visit the website Covid19 BITC (businessresponsecovid.org.uk) to submit a request for support. There is no limit on the number of requests.

They are also offering webinars which might be of interest.

New webinars will be released soon.

They also have a mailing list which can be signed up to here 

Giving World Free Essential Goods

Giving World, a charity that receives donations of goods from businesses and redistributes these essential items to local charities and voluntary organisations for the people who need them most, recently contacted us to say that they would be interested in hearing from organisations in our area.

Following the challenges of the past few years and the further impending increase to the cost of living, the need in our communities will continue to grow. Giving World can help you to meet that need by providing business surplus stock free of charge, such as clothing, food items, toiletries, cleaning and household products as well as other useful items.

Organisations interested in receiving goods from Giving World will need to register on their website. Goods are delivered at cost starting from £10. A full pallet of items costs £70 to deliver. Rates are calculated at time of order, but this is a ‘promise to pay’ amount and Giving World will endeavour to reduce delivery costs where possible.

Given the cost of delivery, it is possible for organisations to work together to share delivery. Contact Giving World directly if you would be interested in forming such a cluster. Each organisation involved will need to register on the charity’s website.

To access these goods when you need them, simply register your organisation here.

The website currently does not mention Community Interest Companies or Social Enterprises as able to join, but we have been assured that such organisations can register. You will be asked for documentation to verify your not-for-private-profit status.

Organisations cannot charge beneficiaries for items supplied by Giving World or use the items for fundraising.

For more information, see the Giving World website