We’re often asked to share our experience to help shape and inform other programmes and I can honestly say that, when we do, the learning is always two way. Steve Grimmett, ZCT Head of Programmes and Communications
The power of networks
We firmly believe that by sharing best practice and through the effective use of networks, we can make the most positive, measurable and sustainable difference to communities across the UK and overseas. We’re proud to work in a collaborative spirit, both with our charity partners and external colleagues and professional bodies in the voluntary sector such as the following:
ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations)
ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations) is an umbrella body for foundations and grant-making charities in the UK. It provides guidance to around 350 members on policy and advocacy, research and information, and a wide-ranging programme of events and learning.
ZCT is a member of ACF and Kate Hodges, ZCT Programme Manager, chairs the Issues Based Network for mental health issues. For more details: visit their website or email Kate Hodges.
Involve Swindon, a local employee volunteer network, is run by the Swindon Volunteer Centre and Voluntary Action Swindon, with annual funding from local organisations including ZCT. It’s a great example of successful advocacy at grassroots level, and brings together representatives from local employers, the statutory sector and the voluntary sector to work collaboratively to encourage employees to give their time and develop their skills through volunteering in the local community.
Originally chaired by the late Tony Martin, ZCT, this role is now taken by Pam Webb, Head of ZCT, who says: “With the funding challenges voluntary organisations are facing in these difficult economic times, the need for the sharing of business skills has never been greater. Often the voluntary sector organisations don’t have the time to ask and the private sector isn’t sure how to offer help. Involve Swindon bridges that gap and performs a vital brokerage role between the private sector in Swindon and the local voluntary sector." For more details: Visit their website or email Pam Webb.
In 2014, Volunteering Gloucestershire started receiving an increasing number of requests from local businesses to find volunteering and charity projects for groups of employees. Inspired by the success of Involve Swindon, Volunteering Gloucestershire then launched Involve Gloucestershire. This is now growing into a network of companies, statutory bodies and voluntary organisations who work together to encourage employers and employees to give their time and develop their skills through volunteering in the local community.
ZCT is a member and is represented by Jane Fox, ZCT Programme Manager. For more details: Visit their website or email Jane Fox.
The Community Matters Partnership Project (CMPP)
The Community Matters Partnership Project (CMPP) based in Farnborough, Hants, is a network of socially responsible businesses and organisations working together to make a lasting difference to the community.
Two of the programmes include:
- Youth Aspirations Fund, providing financial support and manpower to projects and organisations that raise
aspirations in their local young people
- Give & Get Days, an initiative to encourage local businesses to provide more Employee Volunteering days
Steve Grimmett, ZCT Head of Programmes and Communications, is Vice Chair and sits on the Steering Group. For more details: Visit their website or email Steve Grimmett.