Skill Givers is an employer supported volunteering project working with organisations across Manchester and Salford. The project links employers with local voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises, who support their community to get active.
The Skill Givers project enables employees of those involved, to donate their valuable skills and experience through short-term volunteering opportunities, helping to build the capacity and sustainability of these local groups. By getting involved, volunteers will also have the opportunity to improve their own wellbeing, along with developing their skills and confidence.
Skill Givers is funded by Sport England’s Opportunity Fund, which aims to encourage people to volunteer to help tackle challenges their communities face. The project will specifically prioritise the eight most deprived areas of Manchester and Salford. The project is delivered in partnership with Macc (active in Manchester since 1981) and Salford CVS (active in Salford since 1973). Both organisations bring expertise in managing volunteer centres and providing capacity-building support to voluntary, community and social enterprise groups in the two cities.
As a result of a three year investment from Sport England an employer supported volunteering IT platform will be developed and launched that will make it easier for:
People for who time to volunteer is a barrier to beneficially engage in volunteering
VCSE physical activity/sport groups to recruit volunteers for backroom (non-sporting) activity where there are often skills gap
VCSE physical activity/sport groups to identify areas of weakness/requiring development and through targeted recruitment bring in people with the skills to address these
Businesses to record, measure and evidence their CSR contribution
Businesses to improve their employees morale, motivations and skills
Macc Ltd. is a charity registered in England and Wales no. 1145921 and a company limited by guarantee no. 7788593
Salford CVS is a registered charity no. 519361 and company limited by guarantee no. 1948293