Reach Volunteering has been awarded a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) to develop its work with grassroots and micro organisations, and to trial an ambitious new project on culture change.
The number of grassroots and micro organisations that we support is growing (many of whom are led by and for marginalised communities). Groups with a turnover of under £10k posted twice as many roles with us last year as they did in 2020, and over 60% of the organisations that we support have a turnover of under £250k.
The PHF grant will be used to help us to understand how effectively our service is supporting smaller organisations and enable us to design tailored programmes of work. It will also help us to develop how we communicate to volunteers about the different types of organisations to which they can offer their skills.
With a huge appetite in the UK to volunteer and the need for a cultural shift to address the climate emergency, Reach will be trialing ambitious culture change work. The PHF grant will fund a pilot that celebrates the human values that underpin our care for each other and the wider world, the abundance of people willing to help, and the ripple effect of others subsequently modeling this behaviour.