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Volunteers for charities

Specialist volunteers
for charities

These organisations offer specialist skills and volunteers for UK charities. Some charge a small fee, some of them offer volunteers as part of a wider package of support, but all are basically philanthropic. Inclusion in this list is for information only, and does not constitute a recommendation. I am sure there are many organisations I have forgotten - do let me know of any more I can add to the list - Judith Brodie





Business in the Community - Prohelp

“ProHelp is a network of professional firms who are committed to making a difference in their community by offering their services for free to community organisations in need of support. It now involves more than 400 professional firms across the UK.”

CAF Venturesome

“CAF Venturesome provides affordable financial support to charities, social enterprises and community groups when grants may not be available and access to traditional financial institutions is difficult. A tailor-made package of investment and advice is created precisely to meet your needs.”

Corporate Schemes

Many partnerships between companies and charities now involve employees in the company volunteering with the charity or charities.

Charity IT Association (CITA)

"CITA provides three FREE services to help charities be more effective through their use of technology”

Coalition for Efficiency

“Using Skilled Volunteers to Measure Impact”

Cranfield Trust

“We help voluntary organisations deliver services effectively and achieve social change.”

Datakind UK

“Brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations through a comprehensive, collaborative approach that leads to shared insights, greater understanding, and positive action through data in the service of humanity. Currently we are based in London but serving the whole of the UK.”


“Our platform is a place for start-ups, charities, social enterprises and NGOs to connect with individuals from all sectors and get the skills and expertise they need to thrive and grow. Anyone can sign up for free to advertise their skills or needs to the GoodPeople community, and then share their requirements across their own social networks.”


“Impetus-PEF brings together money, management support and pro bono business expertise to improve the capacity of high-potential charities so they can make a greater difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in the UK.”


“We introduce charities, voluntary organisations and community groups needing help with IT-related projects to volunteer IT professionals.”


“LawWorks brokers free legal help for individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay and who are unable to access legal aid or other forms of financial assistance.”

LinkedIn for Nonprofits

“Use LinkedIn to identify potential volunteers, board members, employees, and donors.” Read Article

Media Trust

“If you're looking for free expertise to help your organisation communicate more effectively, you can use our online Media Matching service to place a request for the services of a media or communications volunteer.”

The OR Society

“Operational Research (OR) techniques improve decision making in a wide range of businesses and organisations and practitioners continue to develop new techniques that benefit those organisations and leaders who know how to apply them effectively. And now, The OR Society is offering UK based organisations in the Third Sector the opportunity to see for themselves how OR can help them, at no cost.”


Since 2003, “we have recruited more than 800 business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches for over 300 charitable organisations, which work to help improve the lives of more than 3.3 million people, from children with learning disabilities to isolated older people.”


“Reach helps charities and other voluntary organisations fulfill their potential by connecting them with volunteers with the right management, professional, technical or business expertise.”

Whitehall and Industry Group – People Exchange

“People Exchange brings together all our interchange activities – cross-sector attachments, secondments, non-executive appointments and mentoring schemes – and tailors them to address specific business needs.”

Worshipful Company of Management Consultants

“We have built up an enviable record in helping and developing Third Sector organisations with our pro bono consultancy and mentoring”

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

“Promoting the effectiveness and efficiency of charities and the effective use of resources to achieve charitable purposes for the benefit of the public by the provision of advice and support in relation to information technology”


“Through our competitive awards programme we offer support for social entrepreneurs at various stages of their journey”