Furlonteer.com: the new non-profit project connecting furloughed employees with the people who need it most

Furlonteer.com is a brand new, organically-grown community initiative aiming to connect people on furlough with remote volunteer opportunities for charities and good causes. With seven in ten UK firms having furloughed staff and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme recently extended to the end of June,

 Furlonteer.com is rapidly gaining traction. The initiative received over 1,000 sign-ups in the first 48 hours and over 50 charities have been matched with ‘furlonteers’ over the past week.

Matching the diverse skills and expertise that millions of furloughed people have with thousands of charities that need resources more than ever, Furlonteer.com allows people to spend their time making a positive difference while maintaining a sense of purpose, routine and focus during their extended period away from work.

‘Furlonteers’ are matched with volunteer roles for charities based on criteria such as their skills, experience and amount of time they have available, which can range from a few hours a month to several hours a day, the majority based from their homes.

With major events such as the London Marathon postponed, charities are being negatively impacted by COVID-19 and many have been forced to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme themselves in order to secure their long-term future plans. Furlonteer.com allows charities to find volunteers who can fill vital and diverse roles during this time; it could be anything from digital marketing, fundraising and IT to bookkeeping, HR and business development.

In addition, Furlonteer.com has partnered with Champion Health to support wellbeing in offering free online mental health training to those who register.

Charities signed up so far include UN Women, Duty to Care, Nourish Britain,

Meals for the NHS, The Big Give and UK Community Network, helping elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating.

Visit furlonteer.com for more information or to register to be a furlonteer or as a charity or cause. Alternatively, follow @furlonteer on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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