Our member job clubs would be unable to operate without the help of our supporters. Our supporters fall into the following groups. If you would like to support us in one of these ways, either contact the specific job club you would like to support or contact the Foundation's development manager if you want to support the network as a whole.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our day-to-day operations. Typically they fulfil one or more of the following rôles:
- Speaker / workshop leader - presenting and facilitating discussion on a job search topic at one of our weekly meetings.
- Other meeeting rôles - acting as chairperson; hosting, which involves setting up for the meeting, welcoming and inducting newcomers, updating records etc.
- Advisors - mentoring and coaching on a 1-to-1 (or occassionally small group) basis; this may be after one of the formal sessions or on separate occassions.
- Back office rôles - this covers all the operational activities including administration (members services), employers' liaison, treasurer, marketing, website management, fund-raising etc.
Our volunteers typically come from one of three backgrounds:
- They are managers and professionals, who have themselves been made redundant in the past; many are now self-employed or run their own companies.
- They are an HR/recruitment/coaching specialist - they know what employers want and how to coach individuals to present themselves in the best light.
- They are specialists in one of the functions that are important for our back-office - for example, financial managers and accountant, sales and marketing professionals, people with experience of fund-raising.
We often find that our former (or even existing) job seekers offer to put something back having secured a job. In addition, local volunteer bureaus and word-of-mouth are also useful sources of volunteers.
The time given by volunteers varies greatly. Some come to meetings almost every week; others just once a session to deliver a workshop. If you would like to volunteer, please contact one of our member job clubs or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are organisations and individuals who can provide additional support for our job seekers that complements our offerings. They range from and informal partnership arrangements and more formal arrangements with local Jobcentre Plus offices. Unfortunately many of the previous government agencies in this field, like Business Link and NextStep are now only online portals. However, our job clubs can point job seekers to other agencies and training organisations in their local area, and often individuals who can provide specialist 1-on-1 support, such as career planning or personal counselling.
If you think you can support us in one of these ways, please contact one of our member job clubs.
While the Branshaw Foundation provided much of the early funding for our job clubs, we have been successful in securing funding from a variety of sources including:
- Local Councils - ranging from use of facilities to 'beat the recession' grants
- The European Commission - such as the European Social Fund for reskilling the workforce channelled through local community foundations.
- Charitable Trusts - such as the Greenham Common Trust in West Berkshire
With the squeeze on the public sector, some of these funding sources are diminishing. Therefore future funding must be secured increasingly from business sponsorship, our alumni (now in work and who have benefited from our support in the past), and a wider range of charitable foundations.
If you want to help us fund-raise or wish to support us financially or through sponsorship, please contact one of our member job clubs.
We work in conjunction with employers in several ways:
- If you are making employees redundant - whether or not you provide outsourcing help, we can supply you with literature to distribute about our services to support those who are being made redundant in their job seeking efforts.
- If you are recruiting - our members are a pool of skilled and experienced professionals, managers and technical staff immediately available for full-time, part-time, project or interim management roles. We can circulate your vacancy to our membership.
- If you are seeking personal development opportunities for some of your staff - why not encourage them to volunteer for a speaking or advisory rôle; several of our volunteers are in full-time employment.
If you would like to find out more about how we can co-operate, please contact one of our member job clubs.
Important Notice - The information and advice given on this website or by our volunteers is given in good faith. No responsibility whatsoever shall attach to Careers Springboard West Berkshire or any person acting on its behalf for any actions taken by any person acting on this information or advice.
This page last updated on 22nd February 2016