There With You: Finsbury Park tech firms produces platform to connect furloughed volunteers with charities
- Credit: Archant
Hundreds of furloughed workers have signed up to volunteer with charities using a new platform.
Software company Time to Spare has helped created Furlough Go to connect charity staff who are temporarily out of work and on the government’s job retention scene with good causes they can benefit.
Time to Spare ordinarily runs out of the Space4 co-work space in Finsbury Park, overseen by tech co-operative Outlandish.
Space4 is a space for social enterprises and tech co-operatives in the digital sector, provided rent-free by Islington Council.
Furlough Go was the idea of Gus Alston, who also works in Space4 – and Time to Spare has worked with him to deliver the software and the volunteer matching.
You may also want to watch:
Since then they’ve worked with London Plus, C4, Small Charities Coalition and the Volunteer Centres in Islington and Camden to roll it out more widely.
Volunteers register their interests and skills on the platform, and charities use it to find the helpers they need.
- 1 Archway murder investigation launched as 15-year-old victim named
- 2 Teenager dies after stabbing in Archway
- 3 Islington man sentenced after spate of motorbike and bike thefts
- 4 Pictures: Scenes in Islington and Hackney after snowfall blankets London
- 5 Archway man jailed after causing 'totally avoidable' crash
- 6 High Court ruling 'will not directly impact' People Friendly Streets
- 7 Archway stabbing: 16-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder
- 8 Two 16-year-olds charged with murder of Islington student
- 9 Man dies after collapsing in Islington
- 10 Tributes paid to Islington student fatally stabbed in Tottenham
So far 260 volunteers and more than 100 charities have signed up.
Will Thompson, of Time to Spare, said: “It’s incredibly useful for the charities because they have had to furlough a lot of their staff, particularly fundraising staff and have lost quite a lot of income. They have had increased demand and haven’t been able to do fundraising events because they’re in a lot of trouble.
“And it’s also good for the volunteers because it’s good for them to get out and a difference and get a positive experience from being furloughed.”
One volunteer, Rachel, has been volunteering with Transforming Autism after finding the charity via Furlough Go.
She said: “I would recommend others to sign up and use their skills to help the smaller charities out when they’ll struggle the most. It is a great chance to try a new job role which your transferable skills match.”
Volunteers can sign up at furloughgo.com.
Click here for more coronavirus news.