Monday, 4 August 2014

Volunteering is win win-both the volunteer and the organisation benefits

The feedback from both the Pro Bono O.R. volunteers and the Third Sector organisations we've worked with have been overwhelmingly positive.
Pro Bono O.R. has so far completed 7 projects and is working on a further 12 organisations.
The Pro Bono O.R. project provides opportunities for both volunteers and the Third sector. It gives volunteers an opportunity to practise in a wider arena and develop their knowledge and skills and it helps third sector organisations to increase efficiency, help to reduce costs, plan strategy, demonstrate impact etc. by using the skills of volunteers.
What the volunteers have to say:
'Working as a pro bono volunteer is a great way to contribute some professional expertise to some truly worthwhile causes. The Third Sector is full of people who feel passionately about their Mission, so working with them is invariably a positive learning experience' (Ian Seath, Pro Bono O.R. volunteer)
'The assignment really opened my eyes to the challenges of the third sector, which I will bear in mind in my day job. It has got me thinking about how important this is for all in roles that are far removed from front-line but involved in developing policy that affects the front line. I also appreciated seeing the direct impact of my work and using OR skills in a new environment.' (Sarah Culkin, Pro Bono O.R. volunteer)
'Being a volunteer was a great way to make a real difference for an organisation with people that were clearly passionate about what they do. At the same time I’ve added some interesting people to my network and expanded the breadth of projects I’ve undertaken on my CV' (Sam MacKay, Pro Bono O.R. volunteer)
What the organisations have to say:
'Brilliant-it makes the predictions of risk visible. This will be so useful.' (Lafora Screening Coordinators)
'We have really benefited from having a fresh pair of eyes coming in to review a particular service in a very structured and rigorous way. Sarah has helped us to gain a fuller understanding of the way in which the services benefit clients and made some very helpful recommendations for the future development of the service.' (Karen Weaver, CEO HARCVS)
'We’ve benefited hugely from your work and support in all areas of the project. And from an organisational perspective you’ve enabled us to take a highly professional approach to increasing the efficiency of our charity' (Performance Manager, Crimestoppers)
'The work is already supporting our planning and development for next year and allowing us to focus our thoughts and decisions on the places of most importance for our organisation. It has helped us to come up with new solutions already.' (Mary Dawson, CEO Springboard)
To recieve support from Pro Bono O.R. or to sign up as a volunteer please get in touch or visit: Pro Bono O.R.

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