Why volunteer with The Cranfield Trust?

Volunteering for a Cranfield Trust assignment is a fantastic way of donating your time and management expertise to help a non-profit organisation change and grow. The challenge of finding effective solutions to improve people’s lives with limited resources will put your business skills to the test. You will also have the chance to gain an understanding of voluntary organisations and social issues close to home. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed being a volunteer with The Cranfield Trust over the last few years.There is so much that experienced managers, leaders, and business people can offer to complement the huge enthusiasm of the staff, volunteers and trustees of charitable organisations, so I hope that the Trust continues to prosper. John Anderson, Cranfield Trust Volunteer Consultant

Cranfield Trust projects are flexibly tailored to fit around your work and other commitments. As a volunteer consultant, you will typically provide five to seven days’ time over a few months to a year and will have a dedicated Cranfield Trust Project Manager to support you. 

Business Volunteer Consultants

The aim is to provide mentoring help and advice to build skills and expertise in the client organisation. The experience is rewarding for both sides; 80% of volunteers and clients stay in touch after the project is complete.

Share your business skills with charities

The variety of assignments and flexible style of support mean that there is often a project to suit your lifestyle, whether you are working full-time, are self-employed, retired or between jobs.  

If you would like to support us in other ways - such as promoting the Cranfield Trust to your corporation or becoming a regular donor - please do get in touch.  Every effort helps alleviate deprivation, disability and social exclusion.

For information, or to get involved as a volunteer management consultant, please contact us.

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Dino has been an HR volunteer with the Cranfield Trust since 2014, and has been a source of invaluable advice on issues ranging from TUPE to discipline and grievance or redundancy. He joined the Trust following a referral from LawWorks, the Solicitors Pro Bono Group. 

Commenting on his experience of supporting charity clients, Dino explains "I've always been involved with pro bono employment advice. For many people advice is too expensive and organisations below a certain size may not have internal HR support. Yet without it they can be seriously disadvantaged. In recent years we've seen much discussion about access to justice being undermined by Employment Tribunal fees. However the cost of legal advice is a less talked about obstacle. Volunteering provides a small contribution towards redressing that.

I'd always enjoyed advising employers who aimed to treat their staff fairly. Apart from the appeal of supporting charities, what I've found ideal about HRNet is being able to volunteer remotely. I provide advice and legal training to employers and this fits in very well. Some lawyers aren't keen on advising in the evening at a Law Centre after work. I've been impressed by how many charities there are and the wide range of good causes. And also with the willingness of charities and advisers to support each other with responses to questions and templates. There's often more than one valid viewpoint or another angle and the responses show that."