Our professionals expertise was far greater than that of anyone within the team, and he approached the project confidently and with the benefit of prior experience. He used data that we collected regarding internet usage of our beneficiaries and supporters, and from this drew up recommendations for implementing a social media strategy including the relative amount of time that should be attributed to each social media channel. At all points he clearly explained why he was making the recommendations, and clearly explained how to put them into practice. We really enjoyed working with him, and felt that we learnt a lot from his involvement in the charity. He worked flexibly and made sure he came to our office to meet face-to-face and discuss what we wanted from the project. He was always approachable and I believe would be happy to help with queries in the future.
- David Johnston
Give What You're Good At has saved us a fortune in design fees'
- Julia Hancock
Give What You’re Good At” - what a brilliant and simple idea! They have put us in touch with someone who can redesign our website with a fresh new approach, but in a professional manner that we couldn’t afford to otherwise. As a charity we rely on volunteers to do many jobs for us such as IT solutions and advice. We will broaden our network by our contact with GWYGA. It’s great to know that there are professionals out there that are willing to volunteer their skills to help people like us.
- Caroline Rutherfod
[Give What You’re Good At] have been brilliant to work with – both in terms of working with people who share your vision and with who are flexible, innovative and like to do things differently. Pfizer have benefitted very much from this relationship and know that we’re going to deliver a fabulous programme!
- Maggie Campbell
Working with a professional on our marketing plan has helped us to move our organisation forward by gaining valuable expertise we don't have in-house. I really like the fact that our volunteer was hands-on and not just signing up to dole out consulting services.
- Kevin Howell
I just wanted to thank you for the introduction to Kassim. I can’t tell you how impressed I am. Kassim came in yesterday for what was meant to be an introductory session, but finding me stressed out by some financial forecasting I was struggling with, rolled his sleeves up and sorted it all out for me within two hours. He managed to get to grips with a really complicated pricing structure for me and his help was really practical and invaluable. He’s also a really nice person and very keen to learn more about social Enterprise.
- Anna Burke
Working with Give What You’re Good At has been a hugely valuable experience. Our account manager really took time to understand exactly what we were looking for and made sure that the best match was found for both projects, not just through skills matching, but personality and passion too. Our account manager was Very friendly, very professional and nothing is too much trouble. Having volunteers support us on the PR and marketing projects will really allow us to move forward and improve in areas that we haven’t been able to before. It has also opened a lot of doors for Beyond Food Foundation and we are very excited to continue our work with GWYGA.
- Rachel Lock
The Community Film Unit is a Social Enterprise set up by 4 relatively recent graduates to provide film, photography and graphic design services to the private, public and third sector. The core leadership team that founded the company come from mainly creative backgrounds - between us we have degrees in music, film, fine art and sports coaching. However this means that business and project management represented a sizeable gap in our knowledge. We have been able to sustain ourselves based on a mixture of our product (the films we make) being very good, which ensures that our clients come back to us, but any attempts to expand our business and develop new income streams were largely educated guesswork or trial and error. Give What You're Good At matched us with Ilse, an Operations manager with over 25 years experience working in the city, and working for Social Enterprise umbrella organisations. She was able to provide some incredibly useful insights into what we needed to do to move forward - primarily this focussed around allocating our time and responsibilities around the organisation and measuring everything we do in terms of training etc. She was perfectly happy to share the resources that she created and used when she was a senior leadership figure at Social Enterprise East of England, to efficiently run the same processes we were struggling with. As a result, we are now far more confident in what we should be spending our time doing - the hours of our staff are spent far more efficiently, and we are much better at measuring what's effective at moving our business forward. As a side effect of Ilse's support and encouragement that we should measure everything we are doing, we're also much better equipped to describe the achievements of our business so far, which has improved our grant applications. For the projects and young person's training that we have run and completed since Ilse's support, the feedback we have received from clients has been unanimously positive.
- Johnathan Fairey