Find a volunteer

We connect charities and skilled communications volunteers through our Volunteer Platform to find you a volunteer with the skills and experience you need to solve a specific communications challenge.

About our Volunteers

Media Trust’s volunteers are talented and experienced media and communications professionals who want to share their skills and time to support your organisation’s work, whether they’re freelance filmmakers or marketing directors. All our volunteers have a minimum of two years of professional experience working within media, digital, tech or communications.

How our volunteers can help

Our skilled volunteers are here to help you with specific communications campaigns, challenges or projects you want to develop for your organisation.

Our volunteers can support you by:

  • Mentoring your organisation to develop strategies and campaigns that engage your audiences and achieve your communications objectives
  • Creating compelling content for your organisation, from films and photography to branding and logos
  • Training your employees, colleagues, volunteers and beneficiaries to develop their own communications skills, confidence and capacity

The Media Trust Volunteer Platform is an invaluable resource. As a small charity with limited resources, this service allows us access to skills we simply wouldn’t be able to buy. The Volunteers are super helpful, personable and knowledgeable.

Rebekah Wilson, Communications Officer & Volunteer Coordinator, The Wish Centre

Find a Volunteer

To find a volunteer to support you with your communications challenge, follow these three simple steps:

Step 1 – Complete the application form 

Provide us with some basic details and a clear summary of what your charity does and who it supports. This will help volunteers understand what you do and how you make a difference.  Outline the communications challenge you have, how you’d like a volunteer to help, and the impact their help could have on your charity and the people you support. 

Step 2 – Match and connect with your volunteer 

Once we’ve received your application we will review everything and then get to work to match you with a suitable volunteer.  Once your volunteer has accepted, you will be able to contact them and get started. 

Step 3 – Keep in touch 

We’d love to hear about your progress and share your success with our networks, so please let us know how your volunteer has helped your charity.  We’ll also be in touch at the end of the opportunity to ask for your feedback, and we’d really appreciate your views.  If you have any questions or need further assistance, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

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Get the most from your volunteer

Here’s some top tips to ensure you get the most out of working with your volunteer:

  1. Respond quickly: It’s your responsibility to get in touch with the volunteer. Make sure you get in touch with them as soon as they’ve accepted the opportunity, while they’re keen to help
  2. Determine a main point of contact: Be clear on who is managing the relationship with the volunteer and schedule regular catch-ups to help them feel part of the team
  3. Be prepared: Make sure all information, logistics and planning is in place to enable your volunteer to start work right away
  4. Provide a clear brief: Be clear on what you need and any deadlines for the work. Discuss it with your volunteer and agree your timeline together
  5. Remain open: Our 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 communications challenge, trust their expertise and be openminded
  6. Ask questions: Be upfront with your volunteer about what you do and don’t know. They are the experts and here to help
  7. Be realistic: Tell your volunteer about your workload and the time and resources you can make available to them
  8. Communicate regularly: Keep in touch and regularly update your volunteer with progress, challenges and deadlines. Be clear about how and when they can contact you, and ask them to do the same
  9. Agree on ownership of work: if your volunteer is going to be producing creative content or assets on behalf of the charity, make sure you discuss who has final ownership of the work
  10. Say thank you: Make sure you show your volunteer your appreciation. They are giving up their time to help you and everyone likes a little TLC. Make sure to stay in touch and keep them updated with any impact or case studies

Our Corporate Partners

We enjoy outstanding support from the media industry. Our partners include: