How do companies that are planning to build relationships with charities get started?
Setting up your own Community Engagement/CSR programme can be a challenging experience and for many smaller companies, the endeavour can seem ‘too much like hard work’ to be worthwhile. I work for the Volunteer Centre in Southwark (we’re in the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre) and we’ve known that making links with the 800+ community groups and charities can be a daunting prospect for our local employers. Our aim is to make building community/business relationships as easy as possible. One way we can do this is through running networking events where representatives from both sectors can meet and explore potential (and mutually beneficial) relationships.
With just over a week to go until our next event, I would like to encourage local SE1 businesses to sign up (free) for a chance to meet up with some of our local charity leaders, learn more about what they do and investigate how you can help – You’ll be surprised, It’s not all about the money! Maybe 2 hours of your time could make a real difference?
About the event:‘Beyond Financial Support: How can companies support the third sector?’
Taking place at City Hall on Monday November 11th 16.00 – 18.00; ‘Beyond Financial Support’ will look to establish the key issues for those involved in community engagement; by looking at what the community is asking for, what the business sector can offer and what the mutual benefits of collaborative and strategic engagement can be.
The event will investigate how we can develop more sustainable partnerships between the business and community sector and will aim to define current social need and explore what non-monetary support groups need including the giving of time, resources or specialist volunteer help.