Tuesday, 21 November 2017

New pro bono project with Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice

Project summary:

The charity has been in existence since 2013 and has an ongoing programme of work involving local affiliated groups.  Journey to Justice have an outline of a strategy with objectives to achieve over the next three years and need to develop their management arrangements, including; administration systems, data/information systems, evaluation and impact in the short and longer term, volunteer management, appropriate separation of governance and operational delivery, fundraising, approach to risk and business continuity.  This needs to be done whilst the ongoing programme is delivered but it is necessary for the charity to have as strong a base as possible in order to be sustainable.
The volunteer(s) will need experience in developing strategy, business planning, analysing risk, developing performance monitoring, and measuring impact, frameworks.  Thus the work involves a combination of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ OR skills.
Time commitment5-10  days

Location: Possible meetings in London, UK, but the majority of the work can be carried out remotely.

Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to hope.meadows@theorsociety.com by Monday 4th December.

Information about the organisation:

Charitable objectives:
·         To promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) all over the world

·         To promote equality and diversity for the public

·         To promote racial and religious harmony for the public benefit

Vision: Everyone feels responsible for social justice and is active in promoting and ensuring it

Mission: To galvanise people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements and the arts

 a.       Deepen public awareness of the long history in the UK and globally of individuals and movements who take a stand for freedom, equality and human rights.
b.      Educate people through creative arts, history and understanding social change programmes which stimulate debate.
c.       Show that injustice can be challenged and that everyone has the knowledge and skills to play a role in bringing about change.
d.      Motivate people to take practical action for social justice.
e.      Build networks of people working for social justice and human rights.

Main activities of the organisation
Journey to Justice proudly hosts a travelling exhibition focused on stories of ‘ordinary’ people’s involvement in human rights movements. The exhibition is a catalyst for arts and education programmes planned by local teams. We have been to: Newcastle, Sheffield, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Nottingham& Bristol & it’s booked through to 2020. We run training courses for young people& community groups& we organize events for the public to achieve our mission.

For further information about Journey to Justice please visit www.journeytojustice.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono scheme please visit: http://www.theorsociety.com/Probono

Monday, 20 November 2017

Volunteer Opportunity! New Pro Bono Project with PKAVS


Project summary:

PKAVS holds extensive details on activities and outputs, and is looking to fully embrace impact reporting. The organisation would like to move towards a logical model/Theory of Change based approach, to help plan impact evaluation, and provide a sound base to focus on future strategy development.

The exact work to be undertaken by the volunteer will depend on their initial discussions with PKAVS, but it is likely to include:
-working with the Senior Management Team, Development Officer, and any other stakeholders they propose, to map out a logic model for each of the relevant services.
-identifying any issues (disagreements on aims, gaps in evidence etc.) for PKAVS to take forward.
-Identifying steps for outcome/impact measurement. This could include exploring possible data sources, agreeing suitable measures, developing a project plan, or taking the work further.

Time on site may be useful to talk through reports/findings/implications and access to data.

 Time commitment: 4-5  days
 Location: Perth, Scotland

Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to hope.meadows@theorsociety.com by Friday 1st December.

Information about the organisation:

Charitable objectives:
PKAVS is a small charity with a big heart working tirelessly to improve lives and connect communities throughout Perth & Kinross. We help over 5,000 local people through our 5 hubs - Carers, Minority Communities, Third Sector & Volunteering, and Mental Health & Wellbeing. PKAVS charitable objectives include:
(i) the advancement of health.
(ii) the advancement of citizenship or community development.
(iii) the provision of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended.
(iv) the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

Main activities of the organisation
Carers Hub
The Carers Hub is a multiagency one-stop-shop for information, policy, best practice, and a first point of contact for unpaid Carers.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub
The Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub is committed to supporting the mental health journey of recovery through intervention activities, recovery-focused services, promoting healthy living, and the development of community connections. Clients are empowered to participate in activities such as arts and crafts, joinery, exercise, catering, and gardening as a way to improve confidence, self-esteem, and social links.

Minority Communities Hub
The Minority Communities Hub supports ethnic minority communities in Perth & Kinross. Acting as a one-stop-shop, it provides tailored support to people from minority backgrounds, particularly Eastern European, South Asian, and Chinese. A leading local service, it supports the expanding migrant population in Perth & Kinross, helping hundreds of people to access local services and play an active role in their community.

Third Sector & Volunteering Hubs
The Third Sector & Volunteering Hubs provide the Third Sector Interface (TSI) function for Perth & Kinross; supporting, developing, and promoting the third sector across the area. By providing business support services to new and existing charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, and social enterprises; and supporting information-sharing, networking, and partnership working; it seeks to enable a strong and vibrant third sector providing quality services.

An important city centre service, Shopmobility allows individuals with limited mobility the opportunity to visit shops, eateries, and amenities. Through this access to everyday activities, shopping, and socialising, their quality of life, mental wellbeing, and general health is improved and enriched.

For further information about PKAVS please visit www.pkavs.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono scheme please visit: http://www.theorsociety.com/Probono  

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

New pro bono project with Manchester Women's Aid - requires female volunteer

Due to the nature of this project this charitable organisation are looking for a female #ProBonoOR volunteer, in order to protect the interests of service users. 

Manchester Women’s Aid

Project summary:

Manchester Women’s Aid aim to offer safe temporary housing for women and children during which time staff work with them to develop plan to start getting their life back on track. Manchester Women’s Aid also offer community based support for women and men living in their own homes.
The problem:
The charity finds that, in some cases, they are not able to offer service users the sort of help they need to enable them to move on from the temporary accommodation Manchester Women’s Aid provide. This causes several problems. For example:
·         The residents who are unable to move on without delay are not having their needs met and should be getting support elsewhere (Manchester Women’s Aid is only set up to provide temporary housing).
It stops Manchester Women’s Aid from offering emergency services to women and children whom they are able to help
To mitigate the problem, the Charity would like the volunteer to develop a risk assessment tool (the risk here being that the service user will not be able to move on from the refuge) to help them decide how best to meet the needs of the target client group. The tool should
·         be easy for staff to use
·         make it clear what criteria are used to support the decision and
·         it must be easy to audit.

Time commitment5days in total, but to be confirmed once the volunteer has assessed the data and discussed with the charity
LocationManchester, UK

Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to hope.meadows@theorsociety.com by Tuesday 28th November.
Information about the organisation:

Charitable objectives:
Manchester Women’s Aid is an independent charity providing a range of services for women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. The organisation aims to provide excellence in all services. Support services aim to keep women and children as safe as possible through education and by raising awareness. Manchester Women’s Aid aim offer safe housing and refuge as well as community based support for women and men loving in their own homes.

Main activities of the organisation
MWA Vision and Aims: we exist to protect women and children from violence by providing safe support and accommodation services

Mission Statement: Our mission is to consistently deliver professional, insightful and energetic services that put service users at the centre our of our provision

MWA aims to:
-Provide a range of high quality and effective support services for those who have experienced or are risk of domestic violence.
-Ensure equality of access to all services provided by MWA.
-Strengthen partnership working between organisations to develop strategies and improve services for women and children.
-Promote women’s equality and children’s rights by raising awareness and supporting campaigns for better laws, policies and services which actively prevent violence against women and children.
-Improve standards within our workforce.

For more information about Manchester Women’s Aid please visit http://www.manchesterwomensaid.org/
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