WOULD you like to become a Furlonteer during the lockdown?
New non-profit project Furlonteer hopes to connect furloughed employees with volunteering opportunities.
Matching the diverse skills and expertise that millions of furloughed people have with thousands of charities that need resources more than ever, the team at Furlonteer.com allow people to spend their time making a positive difference while maintaining a sense of purpose, routine and focus during their extended period away from work.
'Furlonteers' are matched with volunteer roles for charities based on criteria such as their skills, experience and amount of time they have available, which can range from a few hours a month to several hours a day, the majority based from their homes.
With seven in 10 UK firms having furloughed staff and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme recently extended to the end of June, Furlonteer.com is rapidly gaining traction. The initiative received over 1,000 sign-ups in the first 48 hours and more than 50 charities have been matched with 'furlonteers' over the past week.
Charities signed up so far include UN Women, Duty to Care, Nourish Britain, Meals for the NHS, The Big Give and UK Community Network, helping elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating.
In addition, Furlonteer.com has partnered with Champion Health to support wellbeing in offering free online mental health training to those who register.
Co-founder Sam Tasker-Grindley, Director at accounting firm RSM UK said: “Furlonteer.com was born from a simple idea: we realised that so many causes need help, while at this time so many people want to help them, and have time to do so. We decided to bring them together.
“The novelty of being furloughed has worn off for many, and we've had an incredible response so far with a huge number of skilled and talented people willing to volunteer, either in charities or to help create the Furlonteer.com team.
“Using digital platforms like Zoom, it's amazing to see a group of strangers in lockdown with a common passion coming together, combining their expertise to create a movement like Furlonteer.com within days. We're growing and excited to see what the future holds, both for Furlonteer.com and for the charities we're able to help.”
Visit furlonteer.com for more information or to register to be a furlonteer or as a charity or cause. Alternatively, follow @furlonteer on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.