Local Skills for Local Communities
Kim Perlow, of Link UP London, talks about tailored volunteering opportunities for professionals looking to make a difference locally, and helping women relaunch themselves following a career break
Tell us a bit about your business. Link UP connects highly skilled professionals with meaningful opportunities within their communities through:
Skilled Volunteering – we connect skilled men and women who live and/or work in a community with local charitable organisations on short-term, structured projects focused on helping these organisations do their work better.
ReLaunch – we support professional women on a career break to build confidence, identify strengths and use their skills, empowering them to take their next steps.
Underlying everything we do are the community connections we create.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I truly enjoy testing an idea and seeing it work. We believed that if volunteering was made easy and able to fit into busy lives, people would get involved. So that’s what we’ve created; flexible opportunities designed as volunteer consultancies. I’ve loved seeing this take off – we’ve had over 200 volunteers involved to date with wide-ranging skills such as finance, legal, PR/marketing, strategy, human resources, social media, data analysis, and much more. I am constantly amazed by the caliber of our volunteers and they have brought a high level of expertise to local charities that couldn’t access it otherwise.
I also love seeing what the women who go through our ReLaunch Programme achieve. Following a career-break, trying to re-enter the workforce can feel daunting and priorities and interests may have changed. ReLaunch’s 4-part workshop helps define goals and create an action plan. It is led by experienced facilitators and held in small groups, so participants not only finish with a plan but with a new support network too.
What makes your business stand out?
We really get to know the communities we work in and sincerely care about the people and organisations we engage with and the connections we make. We have a wonderful, small and dynamic team that are quick to get in touch with anyone who expresses interest. Volunteers, organisations and ReLaunchees have all highly recommended Link UP to others. I think that is the best sign that we are doing something right!
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