Furlonteer.com: the new non-profit project connecting furloughed employees with the charities and good causes who need it most
Furlonteer.com is a brand new, organically-grown community initiative aiming to connect people on furlough with remote volunteer opportunities for charities and good causes. With seven in ten UK firms having furloughed staff and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme recently extended to the end of October, Furlonteer.com is rapidly gaining traction. The initiative received over 1,000 sign-ups in the first 48 hours and over 50 charities have been matched with ‘furlonteers’ over the past week. Today it has grown to more than 5,000 volunteers and over 500 charities.
Organisations helping animals and wildlife are among the top charity preferences of volunteers who have signed up, and while most roles are remote, Furlonteer is placing volunteers with a range of charities helping these causes including Every One of Us, promoting action for the environment for people with busy lives and educating about climate change, The Irish Horse Welfare Trust, rescuing and rehoming neglected horses and ponies in Ireland, Stour Valley Dog Rescue, Our Only World, inspiring and raising awareness of our fight against marine plastic pollution and Springwood Mindfulness Sanctuary, a vegan horse sanctuary that encourages visitors to appreciate nature.
‘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. Remote roles include anything from digital marketing, fundraising and IT to bookkeeping, HR and business development, with other ‘in person’ roles involving helping out outdoors.
In addition, Furlonteer.com has partnered with Champion Health to support wellbeing in offering free online mental health training to those who register.
The initiative was conceptualised over a lockdown takeaway curry on Zoom between Hamish Shephard, co-founder of Hello Fresh and founder of Bridebook, Rosie Shephard, founder of the Luxury Communications Council and Sam Tasker- Grindley, Director at accounting firm RSM UK.
Sam says, “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.