Pro Bono Projects

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Architectural / QS - North West (Manchester)

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Caritas Salford

Specialism needed: Architectural / QS 

Social action charity 

Project summary: Caritas Salford need to renovate and remodel, or rebuild, their current premises. This will enable them to provide fit for purpose facilities, which are better equipped to deliver high quality day centre and supported accommodation services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, in a safe, welcoming, and dignified environment. 

Project reference: 23/168 

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Carbon assessments - Locations across England

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Y Housing (Blackburn YMCA)

Specialism needed: Carbon assessments

Housing / homelessness charity

Project summary: This charity purchases, develops and lets properties to individual YMCAs across England. As part of their work to enhance their housing stock, reduce fuel poverty and submit a bid to the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, they would be very grateful for any offers of pro bono support from businesses able to assist with carbon assessments and retrofitting advice for any or all of their properties. Please click on the link for a list of locations.

Project reference: 22/146

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Designer/Architect - London 

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Impact Hub 

Specialism needed: Designer/Architect  

Social Enterprise Incubator 

Project summary: Impact Hub incubates and helps to scale social enterprises as part of an international network, They are looking for an architect/designer to support the design and fit out of a 10,000 square feet co-working space in London, across both a feasibility phase as well as through the full design process. 

Project reference: 22/161  

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Engineering advice / surveys - West Midlands

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St. Basils

Specialism needed: Engineering advice / surveys

Youth homelessness charity 

Project summary: To create 54 x 35sqm self-contained accommodation units for young people, requires extensive building refurbishment works to three x empty three storey blocks in Sandwell, Birmingham. The property has been derelict for 17 years, is owned by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and previously served as nurses’ quarters

Project reference; 23/169 

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Financial Advice – Cambridge

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IT TAKES A CITY COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

Specialism needed: Financial Advice

Homelessness charity

Project summary: It Takes A City CLT are entering a period of significant fundraising. To help them ensure that their records are as robust as possible, they would be very grateful for any offers of pro bono support from finance and accounting specialists to undertake an independent examination of their 2021-22 accounts

Project reference: 22/165

Initial consultation / scoping help for property development - London

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Jehovah Evangelical Team

Specialism needed: Initial consultation / scoping help for property development

Christian outreach organisation

Project summary: Jehovah Evangelical Team would be very grateful for pro bono advice on the process involved in acquiring a dedicated homelessness centre and the options for sourcing and financing somewhere suitable, to help them take their vital services to the next level. 

Project reference: 23 180

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Local business intros / provision of kitchen & furniture - South West (NW Bristol)

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Ambition Lawrence Weston 

Specialism needed: Local business intros / provision of kitchen & furniture

Residents / community charity & development trust

Summary of project: Local business referrals sought in respect of the charity’s new-build community centre, scheduled for completion in Summer 2022. In particular, the charity would be delighted to form connections with local businesses who may be able to help with the provision and fitting of a small community kitchen and reception furniture.

Project reference: 22/110 

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Property search - Buckinghamshire

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Autism Early Support

Specialism needed: Property search 

Early intervention and support charity 

Project summary: The Circle Centre nursery, has operated from the Old School House in Middle Claydon for the last 16 years. While the site is homely and located in a beautiful rural setting, it is far from fit for purpose. Autism Early Support would therefore be very grateful for offers of pro bono help with identifying and securing new premises within a 15m radius of Buckingham.

Project reference: 23/176 

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Property search - East London

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ELOP

Specialism needed: Property search

LBGTQ+ mental health charity 

Project summary: The charity’s needs include a space of approx. 4000 sq. feet with multiple room sizes (required number and measurements of rooms available), near good transport links and with consideration given to community safety. Scope for sound proofing to ensure confidentiality is also important. 

Project reference: 23/174 

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Property search / development manager / QS - Glasgow

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Arkbound Foundation 

Specialism needed: property search / development manager / QS

Publishing charity 

Project summary: Arkound Foundation be very grateful for offers of pro bono advice to help them understand the steps involved and how to begin a property-based project, including how to source potential locations, identification of potential partners they can work with, and exploring possible funding or investment options.

Project reference: 23/179 

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Property search/introductions - Central London

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New Horizon Youth Centre & Depaul UK

Specialism needed: Property search/introductions

Youth homelessness charities 

Summary of project: The charities are looking for a 30-50 bed property to rent from April 2022 as the new site for “Hotel 1824” - their joint emergency accommodation project supported by the Greater London Authority and London Councils. (Outline property specification attached)

Project reference: 22/114

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QS - fit-out – South-East London

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Latin Elephant

Specialism needed: Fit-Out Quantity Surveyor

Charity supporting migrant groups in processes of urban change in London

Project summary: The charity are supporting a displaced restaurant owner at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre who has been offered a relocation unit at high cost. They are seeking pro bono support from a quantity surveyor / fit-out specialist to assess costs provided by a developer’s contractor, explain the works detailed in the quote to the charity and the trader in layman’s terms, and identify any potential areas of value engineering.

Project reference: 22/148

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QS (Remodelling works assessment and cost estimation) – Grimsby

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CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

Specialism needed: QS – (REMODELLING WORKS ASSESSMENT AND COST ESTIMATION)

Church offering support to local families in a deprived area

Project summary: The church would like to make adaptations to their premises to further extend the services they offer to the local community. To assist with their application for funding, they would be very grateful for any offers of pro bono support from a quantity surveyor who could offer advice on the options available to them to realise the potential of the space and the likely costs they can expect to incur.

Project reference: 22/151

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QS (Remodelling Works Assessment and Cost Estimation) – Milton Keynes

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ACTION4YOUTH 

Specialism needed: QS (Remodelling Works Assessment and Cost Estimation) 

Project summary: Action4Youth is a dynamic charity reaching and improving the lives of 25,000 local children and young people in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. They are looking to redevelop their activity centre and are seeking support to understand what might be possible at the site, before undertaking first-stage drawings and applying for planning permission. They would therefore be very grateful for any pro bono offers for the services of a Quantity Surveyor/Designer who can identify remodelling options to create the flexible space they require and provide cost estimates. 

Project reference: 22/159 

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QS - retail fit-out – Clacton, Buckley or Loughborough

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Royal Mencap Society

Specialism needed: Quantity Surveyor (retail fit out) 

Charity for people with a learning disability

Project summary: This charity works to improve the lives of people living with a learning disability across the UK. They are working to enhance their retail stores and create more multifunctional spaces to deliver a wider range of services to the communities they serve. They would be very grateful for any offers of pro bono support from Quantity Surveyors / retail fit-out experts to provide recommendations on the options and costs for changing the store layouts in any of three pilot locations.

Project reference: 22/147

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QS - works schedule & costings - Surrey (Molesey)

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St. Peter’s Church West Molesey

Specialism needed: QS (works schedule & costings)

Community & youth work + night shelter charity

Summary of project: St. Peter’s Church (via its registered charity) are aiming to renovate and remodel their community & youth centre to improve current services and add further activities. They have been working with an architect to develop drawings, but now require support from a QS to produce an indicative schedule of works and costings so that they can progress funding discussions. 

Project reference: 22/121

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Renovation / facilities management - London (South Westminster)

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Abbey Community Association

Specialism needed: Renovation / facilities management 

Community charity 

Project summary: The charity has suffered from a lack of specific expertise around commissioning and managingworks in a planned manner.They would therefore be very grateful for offers of pro bono support with evaluating the maintenance and refurbishment worksthat need undertaking and establishing an initial and on going maintenance plan, including advice oncosts and resourcing the work.

Project reference: 23 178

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Space Donation – Croydon, South London

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THE LOTUS FLOWER

Specialism needed: SPACE DONATION

Charity operating centres for female refugees

Project summary: The charity operates 4 centres for female refugees in refugee camps in Iraq and elsewhere. They have won a UN award for the quality of their work and now want to open their first centre in London. They would be grateful for any offers of space and/or introductions to property owners who may be able to assist.

Project reference: 22/153

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Space donation (parking for three double-decker buses) – East or South-East London

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Change Please (Driving for Change) 

Specialism needed: SPACE DONATION (PARKING FOR THREE DOUBLE DECKER BUSES)

Social Enterprise supporting people out of homelessness

Project summary: Driving for Change is a one-stop solution delivering vital services to people experiencing homelessness through specially fitted out double decker buses and providing pathways to potentially life-saving key services that centralise support. They would be grateful for any offers of parking space (free or low cost) and/or introductions to property owners who may be able to assist.

Project reference: 22/150

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Space donation - London (South/West)

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Street Storage

Specialism needed: Space donation

Homelessness charity

Summary of project: This charity, which provides free, secure storage facilities to homeless people to keep their belongings safe, is in urgent need of additional space in London (preferably in South or West London) as demand for their services increases (further property spec attached).

Project reference: 22/117

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Stock Condition Survey – Yorkshire

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Donacaster Housing For Young People 

Specialism needed: Stock Condition Survey   

Youth Homelessness Charity   

Project summary: DHYP are keen to expand the accommodation they offer, but in making their plans they have recognised the need to better understand the current condition of the property they already own. The charity would therefore be very grateful for any offers of pro bono professional support to carry out a stock condition survey of their three bedroomed house in Doncaster. 

Project reference: 22/155  

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Stock condition survey / energy assessment - South West

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1625 Independent People

Specialism needed: Stock condition survey / energy assessment 

Youth homelessness charity 

Project summary: The surveys will enable 1625ip to identify shorter term maintenance needs and improvements that can be made, but also to help protect their assets through understanding and planning to meet the future needs of the properties and identify long term plans around funding. The six properties are also in need of carbon assessments and suggestions on how to improve the energy efficiency of these homes.

Project reference: 23/170 

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Surveys (Homebuyers and asbestos) - South East

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Transform Housing & Support

Specialism needed: Surveys (Homebuyers and asbestos)

Housing / homelessness charity

Summary of project: Assistance needed with Homebuyer surveys and domestic asbestos management surveys for the planned acquisition of eight residential properties at intervals throughout 2022 (the charity having received purchase funding from the Roughsleepers Accommodation Programme). 

Project reference: 22/124

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Tenant Representation – South-East London

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Latin Elephant 

Specialism needed: Tenant Representation

Charity supporting migrant groups in processes of urban change in London

Project summary: The charity are supporting a displaced restaurant owner at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre who has been offered a relocation unit at high cost. They would be very grateful for the pro bono services of an experienced commercial agent or tenant representative to provide advice regarding the negotiation of lease terms and the possible allocation of capital contributions between landlord and tenant.

Project reference: 22/149

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Valuation - South West

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Creative Youth Network 

Specalism needed: Valuation 

Youth support service

Project summary: CreativeYouth Network would be very grateful for offers of pro bono support with undertaking market appraisal work to ascertain the rental value oftheir properties, ideally from somebody with expertise in the leisure market.

Project reference: 23 181

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Available pro bono opportunities