Use Your Professional Skills to Make a Difference in the Community


Become a Volunteer Consultant:

  • Engage with causes important to you in your community

  • Use your professional skills to help charitable organisations

  • Share your experience


Let Me See The Opportunities

Sharing Skills | Building Community | Achieving Results


Link Up Battersea brings together volunteers willing to share their professional skills with local charities, community groups and social enterprises who need those skills to make a real difference in the community.

Link Up is now expanding throughout the borough of Wandsworth.

“An incredibly positive experience overall.”Pelin B, Link Up Battersea Volunteer


WHY DO WE NEED LINK UP?


HAPPY TO HELP

There are many people like you who have skills and time they would like to share but don't always know how to go about doing this.

Link Up provides skills-based volunteering in a structured and professional enviroment for people to undertake meaningful projects that have flexible time commitments. Whatever your skills may be - design, finance, marketing, photography, to name only a few, they are needed in your community

GOOD NEWS FOR CHARITIES

Charities are feeling the pinch from dwindling financial support and can struggle to access the resources they need to have the impact they desire.

Volunteer consultants' professional skills, energy and talents increase charitable organisations' effectiveness in reaching those who need them most.

CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY

Link Up aims to strengthen the Wandsworth community by connecting available resources to need. In doing so, individuals and groups who might not have met otherwise, learn about each other, improve understanding and become more connected.

AND HEALTHY TOO...

Volunteering has been proven to have a positive impact on health and confidence. It is a great way to get to know others and provides an opportunity to practise existing skills or learn new ones. It allows for new experiences and affords a sense of achievement and much, much more...


CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES


Conduct a review of charity's policies and governance documents

10-15 hours over 2 months
Wandsworth Mediation Service - provides mediation services to those in conflict in our community. Mediation is an opportunity to come together, discuss issues, and arrive at agreed solutions, with the help of trained volunteer mediators. Community mediations include neighbour disputes, inter-generational (eg between children living with their parents) and family disputes (eg access to children). Set up in 2004, Wandsworth Mediation Services has helped hundreds of people reach peaceful agreements with their neighbours and families. The organisation also runs conflict awareness courses in the community eg for housing officers and teachers and in schools they teach students how to mediate conflicts giving them life changing skills to help them resolve conflict around them.

Wandsworth Mediation Service is updating their policies and they are looking for legal advice to ensure that new drafts comply with current legislation for their contractors and volunteers. As the organisation expands and increases its number of mediators, it is crucial to have the right policies

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Trustee (Treasurer)

10 board meetings per year
Generate - works to make sure that people with learning disabilities are not isolated from their local community. The organisation supports people with learning disabilities to live their lives, in the way they choose - enabling people to discover their passions, connect with their communities and explore 'possibilities'. This passion drives the quality of the work that Generate does

Generate is looking for a Treasurer to join their Board of Trustees. This role will support and advise the Chief Executive and be a pro-active positive board member. This role will also assist in developing the Finance Manager to ensure that the finances are well managed and fit for purpose.

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Refugee mentoring programme administrator

4-6 hours per week for at least 6 months
Love to Learn - works with children and young people from refugee backgrouds and their families and carers. They provide educational advocacy and advice, learning support, clubs and workshops, and supported referrals in order to raise educational aspiration and achievement. From their experience of running this programme for many years, they know that mentors change lives. In many families of children from refguee background there are barriers to acheiveing their potential at school, including the language barrier, different education systems, being newly arrived in the county, issues with foster carers or teachers. Mentors work to bridge the gap between school and home so that children and young people can learn, and bring fun and outside opportunities and advise for young people.

Love to Learn's programme of matching learning mentor's with young people from refugee backgrounds is growing and there is now a real need for help with it's administration. If you love being organised and want to help transform young people's lives with an office-based role, this may be right for

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LINK UP SUCCESSES


The South West London Law Centre (SWLLC) needed a way to help them connect with their former volunteers. A Link Up Battersea consultant stepped in to assist them.


South West London Law Centre (SWLLC) is a community based legal practice that provides advice and assistance in a range of social welfare law fields.

“I really enjoyed working with the SWLLC team, who do such great work in the local community. I hope Link Up Battersea will continue to support them.”

Georgina - volunteer consultant

The Problem: There is an increasing demand for legal advice within the community. In an effort to meet this need, SWLLC has identified the possibility of re-engaging with their former volunteers. The organisation has approximately 500 volunteers each year, many of whom provide legal advice as part of their training contract. SWLLC wanted to assess the interest of these volunteers to become part of an alumni group that would be regularly informed about SWLLC’s work and opportunities.

The Solution: Georgina is a solicitor who took on the challenge of designing a survey that would be distributed to all SWLLC current and former volunteers. She liaised closely with the SWLLC team and secured support from one of the organisation's key partner law firms. Within two months she was able to deliver a survey template that fit the needs of SWLLC.

“The work that Georgina has done will enable the charity to build up an alumni of volunteers and create a database we can turn to for support. This will help create a more sustainable charity and ensure that we continue to offer legal assistance to those that need it most.”

Shyam - SWLLC


Citizen Advice Wandsworth human resource policies needed review and updating. Pelin Buyuksarac, a Link Up Battersea volunteer, stepped in to help out.


Citizen Advice Wandsworth provides information, advice and support to over 8000 local people a year to enable them to manage their affairs and live independent and resilient lives.

“Working with Phil was a wonderful experience and I was able to use my skills to help an organisation working to improve the lives of those in need. I realised how valuable and relevant my skills still are and the experience has improved my confidence in my abilities.”

Pelin Buyuksarac - volunteer consultant

The Problem: Citizen Advice Wandsworth human resource policies were in need of review, updating and simplification. Without an HR manager, the organisation was finding it difficult to allocate the time and resources needed to complete this important piece of work.

The Solution: Pelin, who had taken time off from work to care for her two small children, decided to apply her background in human resources and organisational development and undertake the challenge of reviewing and revising the policies. She spent time over 8 months working with Phil at Citizen Advice in a way that fit around her busy schedule but also met the needs of the organisation. This was a great way for her to test out her skills once again and prove to herself that she could still deliver on a high level.

The Result:Pelin produced a revised version of the Personnel Policies and forms, incorporating all policies into an Employee Handbook. She will continue to support Citizen Advice Wandsworth to revise their volunteer policies after the summer holidays.

“Pelin’s input solved our problem! Her approach was professional and she has delivered a set of policies that will be easier to implement, administer and keep up to date in the future.”

Phil - Citizen Advice Wandsworth


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