Volunteering receives a boost as Do-it.org and Third Sector join forces.
Published: 30 May 2014 By Antje Derks
Third Sector is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Do-it.org to help charities attract volunteers in all disciplines.
The partnership will see Third Sector volunteer vacancies promoted on Do-it.org - the UK’s leading volunteering service - providing exposure to an additional 250,000 monthly visitors, enabling recruiters to maximise their options to attract and engage with the volunteers they require for their organisations.
Third Sector recruiters will only need to post their volunteering vacancies once to benefit from the partnership which will be powered by Do-it’s syndication system that will link the two sites.
Do-it was launched in 2000 and is the most diverse and comprehensive database of volunteering opportunities in the UK, with over 1m available in 55,000 organisations. Former owners of the website – YouthNet, the online youth charity – transferred ownership last year to ivo, the volunteering charity founded by Jamie Ward-Smith in 2012.
Jamie Ward-Smith, CEO of ivo, says of the partnership: “we are delighted to be working with Third Sector to help ensure that voluntary and community organisations have even better access to the volunteers they need. This is a positive example of joined up working that not only boosts capacity for charities but also reduces their workload by joining up two important recruitment resources”.
Serena McMahon, Group Recruitment Director at Third Sector added: “Third Sector is delighted to be joining forces with Do-it.org. It is a unique opportunity for us to take volunteering forward and make it more accessible to the population as well as demonstrating what a worthwhile investment of time voluntary work is.”
Thanks to funding and support from the Cabinet Office, ivo is currently undertaking a major redevelopment of the Do-it platform. This will introduce a more social element to the site so that people can find others with similar interests in setting up new initiatives in their local area as well simplifying the process of finding a volunteer position with more intelligent matching.
Another of the main developments for the new Do-it will be the ability to allow volunteers to log their activities and build an on-line portfolio, which will allow them to gain access to paid job opportunities. Ward-Smith is hoping this system will support those people looking to further their careers via voluntary work.
Do-it.org is collaboration between ivo and the nation’s network of local Volunteer Centres who are responsible for quality controlling local opportunities to ensure the best possible experiences for volunteers. Do-it has in excess of 200,000 unique monthly visitors who can find something to do by simply entering their postcode.
Jamie and his team have been travelling the length and breadth of the country to strengthen ties and bring new charities and organisations into the volunteering fold. Over 300 national and regional charities are already involved in Do-it with more signing up daily.
Since ivo acquired Do-it, Ward-Smith and his team have been busy utilising the platform’s reach to promote volunteering more widely. Less prominent campaigns have been given more exposure and volunteering – in all its forms – is being rightly celebrated.
Interestingly, according to Jamie, the Do-it platform is used by a variety of age groups and demographics. 30% of those registered are out of work but want to keep busy, while over 50% are using volunteering as a way to enhance their CV and subsequently their career. Furthermore, the largest group to use the site are the under 35’s.
The partnership between Third Sector and Do-it will culminate in a re-launch of the latter’s site planned for autumn this year. The partnership was brokered by Prospectus, the specialist third sector recruitment agency who is partnering ivo in the re-development of the Do-it platform. David Gold, CEO of Prospectus said: “We are excited about Do-it and the part we will play in its success. Securing this excellent arrangement with Third Sector is an important part of our ambitions. Volunteering is key to the success of charities and great for those participating in civic society”.