Volunteering

IICF Week of GIVING

THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S ANNUAL WEEK OF GIVING RETURNS ON 9-16 OCTOBER 2021. 

VOLUNTEER & MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Join thousands of insurance professionals across the UK and United States in the largest largest ongoing volunteer initiative in the industry. Week of Giving may continue to take a different shape this year, yet the importance of volunteering and giving back – whether virtually or safely and socially distanced in-person – is more important than ever as needs remain great in our communities. You can volunteer safely in your local community, share your skills virtually or make a donation. Together, we can make a difference!

Register as a volunteer or view volunteering opportunities.  

YEAR ROUND VOLUNTEERING

The crisis caused by Covid-19 is impacting all of us. For some, particularly those without a safety net or who are socially isolated, this impact is catastrophic. How can you help? We’ve identified opportunities, many with IICF’s grant recipient charities, to volunteer virtually or in your local community. For volunteer safety guidelines, please visit the NCVO website.

Inspire students about Maths with Founders4Schools
Maths4Girls aims to increase the number of girls who study Maths beyond GCSE, in turn reducing the gender gap in STEM roles. You can volunteer to share your career experience and inspire students to understand the value of Maths by describing how you use Maths day to day. Visit our website to volunteer.

Help a Child Learn to Read with Bookmark
Make a direct impact on a child’s life in their local community and beyond: deliver our reading programmes to primary school children to help improve their confidence and literacy skills.  Opportunities in person and on-line, which means you or your team can deliver fun, impactful reading sessions to children from your desk, choosing 30 minute sessions twice a week that fit around your schedule. Click here to register as a volunteer.

Inspire Students about Insurance & The World of Work
Education and Employers connects volunteers from the world of work with local schools to make a difference to children and young people’s futures. As a volunteer, you can share your career story or experience with schools in 1-hour face-to-face or virtual sessions. From career talks to speed career networking events, mock interviews, or CV workshops, you can help young people see the relevance of school subjects to their future lives. Visit our website to learn how you get involved.

 Translate World Stories for KidsOut
KidsOut supports kids living in refuges, many of whom are unable to attend school to remain safe from domestic abuse.  At the same time, one in seven UK children speaks a language other than English as their first language. World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world representing the fifteen most commonly spoken languages by children in the UK. World Stories opens the world to children. You can volunteer to help grow the story collection by lending your language skills to translate a story into of one these fifteen languages. Click here to find out more.

Share Your Skills with KidsOut Colleagues
Have just a few hours?  KidsOut is looking for employees to share their skills with charity staff in areas including social media, website development, video production, personal relations and Human Resources. Please contact Sioned if you can help: Sioned.pj@kidsout.org.uk 

Be a Mentor to St Giles Staff & Volunteers
Be a mentor to support someone on their career journey or share a particular area of expertise to help St Giles staff and volunteers to succeed and grow. St Giles’ professional mentoring scheme has been running for several years and many mentees have progressed from volunteer to paid roles thanks to the support of a mentor. Training materials will be provided alongside support from our mentoring co-ordinator at St Giles. Interested? Please contact Tsjanneke: tsjanneke.hawkins-vandercingel@stgilestrust.org.uk

Share Careers Advice to Help People Back into Work
The St Giles Skills & Employability team work with people experiencing multiple barriers into employment. Our staff are keen to work with corporate partners and HR teams to upskill our staff and volunteers and ensure our clients receive the best advice possible on topics including entry-level jobs in your industry, CV writing, digital skills and video interviewing techniques. Interested? Please contact Tsjanneke: tsjanneke.hawkins-vandercingel@stgilestrust.org.uk

Tutor Students with The Access Project
You can help a bright student from a disadvantaged background beat the odds and get into a top university by signing up as a volunteer tutor with The Access Project. Be a positive role model and make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future by tutoring online for an hour a week during term-time in a subject you are passionate about. You will receive training to be an effective tutor.  To learn more, visit: www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer

Inspire Students about the World of Work with Power2 
Power2 is looking for volunteers to run a workshop to inspire young people about different career opportunities in your industry and to share your career journey. The young adults are in the Power2 Advanced Program and many have left school and are at university/college looking towards applying for first jobs and careers. For details, please contact Jessie: Jessie.b@power2.org

Donate Food, Clothes & Supplies to Help the Homeless
Whitechapel Mission has been serving the homeless and marginalised for 140 years including a day centre, skills training and career advice – meeting immediate needs as well as helping beneficiaries gain life skills and support. We are always grateful to receive donations in support of our work. Please click here for items we need at this time. Please deliver donations to our centre at 212 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ. Please confirm hours before visiting.

Donate Women’s Clothing to Smart Works 
Arrange a clothes collection at your office or in your local community. In person volunteering not available but SW is now able to accept clothing donations in our London centres. We can accept donations of high-quality women’s workwear in our Ladbroke Grove and Islington centres.  Please visit our website or contact us to confirm opening hours: https://smartworks.org.uk.

Donate Men’s Clothes & Accessories to Suited & Booted
Help unemployed men get back into employment by organising a collection in your community or office, or making an individual donation. Please visit the website to learn what items are needed at this time: www.suitedbootedcentre.org.uk/donations/clothing-donations/.

Do Something Amazing
Give Blood at a local clinic or hospital.

Donate to your Local Food Bank
Make a donation or help with local deliveries to support people who cannot afford the essentials in life. Click here to find your local food bank.