When the initiative of having volunteer days that staff could take to help out was announced I was excited but at the same time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I looked at several initiatives and charities, but I felt like most of the opportunities were retail-based or required a commitment beyond what my existing ones would allow me to do.
So, when the board at The Fat Beehive Foundation shared the list of candidates that missed out on a grant last year and encouraged us to get in touch to volunteer, it felt like exactly the kind of thing I had been waiting for.
I contacted a couple of organisations that resonated with me and where I thought I could make a difference. I started collaborating with Create, who use the arts to engage and support people in the UK’s most deprived communities. After a handful of meetings and time spent working with them, I was ecstatic to share with them the website report I’d put together.
Loosely based on the kind of work we do with clients at Fat Beehive and tailored to their needs, I assessed things like analytics, existing research, their website content and organisational objectives to report on a series of findings and draw some recommendations.
The research included:
- Help to produce a request for tender that was as useful as possible to get accurate responses and quotes
- Providing a better understanding of what they already have and how to make the most of the budget they want to allocate to this project
- Highlighting any opportunities to save budget, leveraging on existing technologies and platforms
- Providing responses to technical questions that may come up during the shortlisting process