Skills volunteering

Social Venture Partnership is Participates flagship corporate skills volunteering package. It delivers serious benefits to the community whilst also benefiting individual employees and their employers.

How it works: Social Venture Partnership is a structured skills based volunteering package for businesses – it enables businesses to work with a minimum of 6 social ventures over a period of 6 months through varied volunteering opportunities. These short term opportunities allow businesses to provide support based on the skills and experience of their staff. Social Venture Partnership can be delivered by up to 20 individuals from across an organisation. Volunteering within Social Venture Partnership will usually have a focus on building the business capacity of community based organisation around the following themes:

  • Business and organisational structure
  • IT
  • HR
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Finance
  • Project, change and general management

Social Venture Partnership will involve your staff getting involved in different volunteering opportunities such as skills sharing, business skills presentations and mentoring.

The beneficiaries of the programme will be agreed with you but will be focused on one sector. You might choose education, homelessness, disability, grass roots community, music and the arts or something entirely bespoke. We will work with you to develop a Social Venture Partnership programme that suits your objectives whilst ensuring that real community need is at its heart.

Participate offers a full support service around Social Venture Partnership including:

  • Sourcing community based organisation to work with – these will be within a sector identified between Participate and yourselves.
  • Providing written briefings, training and support to all staff and volunteers involved in the programme.
  • Project management for the life of the programme, including step by step programme’s for staff and communications between all partners
  • An evaluation report – showing how the intervention has supported the community organisations and how the project has benefited the volunteers.