15 Dec 2017

Channel 4 News Presenter, Jon Snow calls it the ‘dating service’ for charities and volunteers. And it could be a way for you to meet your perfect match.

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No, we're not trying to set you up with your next date. Charity, Media Trust brings together good causes in need of communications support with communications professionals who want to volunteer their time and skills. One of the ways they do this is through their Speedmatching events. 

How does Speedmatching work?
Similar to speed dating, fifteen volunteers meet face-to-face with fifteen charities. You'll spend five minutes with each charity offering on the spot advice and if the chemistry is right and you find a charity you think you'd like to give a bit more time to after the event, then we'll match you. 

Susie Castle, Head of Marketing at outdoor advertising company Primesight recently attended Speedmatching as a volunteer: "I was so impressed with the quality and passion of the charities, I relished the opportunity to try and help with their challenges." 

Sign up to attend Speedmatching in Cardiff
Speedmatching is free to attend and a great place to network over a glass of wine. The Cardiff event will take place on 13 March, 17:45-19:45 at VCS Radio Cardiff. You can find out more and register to attend on Media Trust's website. 

Skills-based volunteering
If you can't make it on the 13 March you can still get involved! Media Trust has been bringing together charities with communications professionals for over 23 years. Their new online Volunteer Platform launched in August, making it even easier for communications volunteers to share their skills. 

Media Trust's CEO, Su-Mei Thompson said: "Matching good skills with good causes is at the heart of what Media Trust does. We help charities tap into the skills of volunteers from across the media and creative industries who give their time to train, mentor or create content for charities across the UK, helping them to amplify their voice and demonstrate the impact of their work." 

"There are currently a broad range of charities looking for communications, marketing and media volunteers on our site. I would urge you to take a look and sign up. Just an hour of your time could make a huge difference to a small charity." 

You can sign up to Media Trust's Volunteer platform here. For more information email Alice Mellar.