Feature from The Huddersfield Examiner Website
A new venture called SkillWill has been set up by Scarborough-born businessman Ed Ryder to create networking groups to link professional and business volunteers with local charities who need support.
At a time when many charities and voluntary groups have seen a drop in funding and an increase in workloads, SkillWill aims to provide a way for skilled local people to offer their expertise and support.
Following successful events in Leeds – where almost 250 people met at evening networking meetings to connect organisations and volunteers – the scheme is expanding throughout the Yorkshire region and nationally.
Mr Ryder said: “At our networking events, volunteers get ‘speed date’ charities and discuss what skills they are willing to offer and what commitment they can make.
“The charities get access to help that they wouldn’t be able to afford, as well as advice and ideas from a wide array of professionals. We have human resources, IT, legal, marketing and finance experts who are now making a real difference to organisations facing particularly challenging times.”
Mr Ryder said the informal events are proving successful – with SkillWill estimating £250,000 worth of time already being volunteered in West Yorkshire.
The Huddersfield event will held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, May 23, at Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Longroyd Bridge. Go to www.skillwillhuddersfield.eventbrite.com or www.yorkshiremafia.com/events to register as a volunteer or charity/community group.