Over 24k staff at the largest 20 charities have been furloughed. At a time where charities report a 43% rise in demand for their services and they face a 48% decline in voluntary income they need all the help that they can get.

The BBC report that there has been a significantly higher take-up of the furlough scheme than they initially expected and estimate that more than 9m people are to be furloughed. If you’ve been furloughed you can use your time to volunteer but you can’t volunteer for your employer.

Today the Third Sector have announced that 60 charity leaders have urged the Chancellor to change rules on furloughed workers which would allow them to volunteer for their own organisations.

Until then, here is a list of links to help you find a cause to support:

  • Furlunteering UK, Time to Spare and Charity Matcher are all matching furloughed staff to charities needing support
  • The Marketing Agencies Action Group (MAAG) have launched ‘Independents FC’ to support the furloughed staff
  • Not Fur’Long is a pro-bono marketing agency that has been set up to help small businesses that are at risk during the coronavirus crisis
  • Ell Wood Atfield are connecting  expert communicators (volunteering their services) with critical organisations who either cannot afford their help or are simply too snowed under fighting Covid-19.

And here are some training courses that might be of interest:

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