We know that this is a difficult and unprecedented time for us all. But across businesses many of our valued staff have been furloughed or have some time on their hands as things have slowed down commerically.
And on the other-side charities are struggling.
For many years, we have operated a successful pro bono programme – brokering the professional property skills of our supporters with charities across the country.
In the face of this national emergency, we’re harnessing the skills and expertise of property professionals across the country, including many of those who may have been furloughed, to support the UK’s amazing homelessness charities. We’re currently asking our charity partners what they need help with to define what these projects might look like.
If your company would also be interested in advertising pro bono opportunities to your staff in the coming weeks, please let us know here.
If your business would be willing to donate some of its free time to help charities in the coming months, you can register your interest here.
Some of the skills we might be looking for are:
Property: lease negotiations and property law in order to help charities negotiate a rent-free period due to the pandemic
Law: incl charity and finance law as well as employment law
Logistics: how to get stuff to people
Project management: with an emphasis on change management
Temporary accommodation: accessing, negotiating, and turning it into short-term units during isolation
IT: loan or donate laptops, computers, printers, cables, furniture, and smartphones; advice on how to use technology for example skills building or anything to improve mental health, and also access to internet and data
Cleaning: facilities management, H&S teams with knowledge of protocols
Finance: how to access reserves/restricted funds and how this will impact on long-term finance: financial modelling, loan/debt advisory, planning and cost-benefit analysis
HR: managing redundancies, illness, possible changes to contracts etc
Business management and leadership: building resilience, adapting to change and strategic advice