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Media Trust connects charities in need of media, communications and digital support with media and creative industry professionals looking to contribute their skills to bring about positive social impact.
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How Media Trust Volunteers can help
Media Trust volunteers are media, communications and creative professionals who want to share their skills to bring about positive social impact.
You can request support from our community of volunteers to help you with all kinds of communications support, from designing a logo, developing a communications strategy, pitching a press release, making a film or creating social media content.
Our Volunteer Platform offers charities a unique way to request help from expert media and creative professionals. We also run volunteering events throughout the year in partnership with our media and creative industry partners.
Whatever your communications needs, our skilled volunteers will offer you valuable advice, ideas and support to ensure your communications are effective and reach the right audiences. We have easy ways for you to engage a volunteer, whether it’s an hour of a volunteer’s time, or a long-term strategic project, our volunteers can:
- Mentor your charity to develop strategies and campaigns that engage your audiences and achieve your communications objectives
- Create compelling content for your charity, from films and photography to logos and branding
- Train your employees, colleagues, volunteers and beneficiaries to build their own communications skills, confidence and capacity
The charities we work with tell us they would never have been able to make a film, launch their website, get on the news or grow their audience on social media using their limited budgets, time, in-house skills and resources so we know Media Trust Volunteers are making a difference.Register here to get started
About Media Trust Volunteers
Media Trust’s volunteers are talented and experienced media and communications professionals, who want to share their skills to support your work. Whether a freelance filmmaker or marketing director, our volunteers have a minimum of two year’s industry experience.
We have 25+ years of experience in harnessing the skills and resources of the media and creative industries for social good, with a network of 30+ media industry partners spanning media companies and creative agencies, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Snap, The Guardian, Bloomberg and BBH to name a few, whose employees volunteer with Media Trust throughout the year.
Volunteers can support your charity in the following areas:
- Brand and visual identity
- Comms Strategy and planning
- Copywriting, editing and proofreading
- Creative campaigns
- Film and content production
- Graphic design
- Internal comms
- PR and journalism
- Social media and digital marketing
- Website design and management
Each year, our skilled volunteers provide free support and advice to thousands of charities across the UK. They share expert knowledge, expertise and time, helping charities to develop their skills, create compelling content and better understand how to gain publicity for causes, communities and beneficiaries.Register here to get started
Find a Media Trust Volunteer
Whether you’re looking for a volunteer to develop a comms plan, web copy or press release for your organisation, you can request help from expert media and creative professionals via Media Trust’s online Volunteer Platform. Follow these three simple steps to get started and start finding a volunteer.
Step 1 – Set up your charity profile
Provide a clear summary of what your charity does, who you work with and the impact you have. This will help volunteers understand what you do and how you make a difference.
Step 2 – Create a Volunteer Opportunity
Outline the specific communications challenge you have, how a volunteer can help, and the impact their help could have on your charity. Volunteer opportunities that are clear and specific about the skills, audiences and outputs required have the most interest and take up from our volunteers. Media Trust will review your opportunity and once approved, post your request on our platform and share it with our volunteer networks.
Step 3 – Connect with your volunteer
If a volunteer thinks they have the communications skills and experience you require, they can apply via the Volunteer Platform. If you feel that their skills are a good match with your charity and they can help, select them as your volunteer. Once they accept the opportunity you will be able to access their contact details via the Volunteer Platform so you can get started.
Keep in touch
Media Trust is here to support you at every step of the process. We will be in touch with your charity once a match has been made and throughout to check in on progress. If you have any questions, ideas or challenges along the way just get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let us know how it’s going and share the outcomes and impact our volunteering service has had on your work and charity. We love to hear about your progress and share success stories with our networks.
Have a look at our Volunteer Platform to see what other charities are asking for.Register here to get started
How to get the most from your volunteer
Our media volunteers are professional, and most will be offering their time in addition to fulfilling a full-time job.
Keeping volunteers motivated and committed can be a challenge. To ensure they provide the support you need and remain productive you will need to maintain clear and regular channels of communication.
Read on to discover our top tips for keeping your volunteers engaged and developing an effective working relationship with them.
- Respond quickly – If you leave a volunteer request too long, they may start thinking about finding another organisation to support. Also, it is YOUR responsibility to get in touch with them. We suggest you contact them immediately while they are still keen to help!
- Volunteer management is key – Be clear on who is going to manage the relationship with your volunteer and see the work through within your organisation. Start by setting up a call with the volunteer to ensure you are on the same page.
- Provide a clear brief – Be clear on what you need and the timeline for the work. Discuss it with your volunteer and agree deadlines together
- Remain open – Our media volunteers are highly skilled and work for some of the biggest media companies in the world. They may come up with creative and imaginative approaches to your situation. Be open to their suggestions and trust their expertise
- Be prepared – Make sure you have the correct information, equipment and resources in place so your volunteer can get to work straight away
- Honesty is king - Be upfront with them about what you do and don’t know. They are the experts and here to help so don’t be afraid to ask questions
- Be realistic – Don’t make promises you can’t deliver on. Tell your volunteer about your workload and the time and resources you can make available to them
- Communicate regularly – Keep in touch and update them with progress, challenges and deadlines
- A simple thank you – Make sure you thank your volunteers and show your appreciation. They are giving up their time to help you and everyone likes a little TLC
Our Corporate Partners
We enjoy outstanding support from the media industry. Our partners include: