In your experience, what are the benefits of working with Cranfield Trust?
I like the way the Cranfield Trust takes into account your personal interests, professional knowledge and personality when matching you to one of their charity clients. Offering my services as a volunteer marketing consultant made me aware of the breadth of my knowledge, and how I could offer a lot of helpful advice to a small charity that would not normally have access to professional marketing services.
What did you learn from working with Cranfield Trust?
Joining as a volunteer is a brilliant opportunity to make a real difference to a voluntary organisation by sharing your professional skills and knowledge. What’s the point of leaving all that professional knowledge acquired over the years dormant that can make a real difference to a small charity by spending a few hours with them. I saw my role as a coach/facilitator. It may be less suitable for someone who’s looking for a hands-on role who wishes to get actively involved. I think being too hands-on could possibly be of disservice as the whole idea of the consultancy service is to empower the organisation so they develop their skills and knowledge.
What is special about Cranfield Trust and why does it matter?
I’m really impressed with how the Cranfield Trust focus the pro bono consultancy services on charities that work with socially excluded individuals and communities as equality of opportunity and social justice are subjects close to my heart.