Volunteer with a charity

Media Trust connects media and creative industry professionals looking to volunteer their skills with charities in need of media, communications and digital support, to bring about positive social impact.

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How you can help

Media Trust volunteers are media, communications and creative professionals who want to share their skills to bring about positive social impact.

There are thousands of charities in the UK doing incredible work. However, many lack the resource, time and expertise to tell their story and share the impact of their work. In addition, digital media and the proliferation of channels and content has made it a challenge for charities to stay current and ensure their messages are cutting through.

This is where you come in!

You can help a charity by sharing your skills and time to tell their story, create content, plan campaigns, engage with the press, reach new audiences, fundraise and use multimedia and digital technologies more effectively.

Our Volunteer Platform offers you a unique way to find volunteering opportunities that match your skills, experience and passions. See our live requests from charities on specific comms projects and challenges. They need your help!

We also run volunteering events throughout the year in partnership with our media and creative industry partners.

We have easy ways for you to volunteer with Media Trust, whether it’s an hour of your time, or a long-term strategic project, you can:

  • Mentor a charity to develop strategies and campaigns that raise their profile, engage their audiences and drive social change
  • Create  compelling content for a charity, from films and photography to logos and branding to help bring their work to life
  • Train employees, volunteers and beneficiaries to build their own communications skills, confidence and capacity to tell their own story

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. You can apply your skills to make a real impact.


How your skills make a difference

Volunteering provides the perfect opportunity for you to learn new skills or brush up on your knowledge. At the same time, you can give something back to a unique sector that is urgently in need of the vital communications skills and expertise you have.

Our research found that 8 out of 10 charities have an annual communications budget of less than £1,000 and many have no budget at all. Imagine if that was all you had to work with on your next campaign? In our recent Charity Survey 98% of charities told us they are struggling with comms and 97% said they would value some voluntary comms support.

Volunteering is a really valuable way of giving something back. Along the way, you will meet inspiring people and learn more about issues affecting society.

Charities are looking for support 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
  • Marketing
  • PR and journalism
  • Social media and digital marketing
  • Website design and management

If you have a minimum of two years professional experience in media, digital, tech or communications, please sign up today.


How does it work?

Whether you’re looking to volunteer to develop your skills or give something back to a cause that matters to you, our opportunities vary – they can be big or small, one-off or short-term, online or offline, but they all have a media and communications focus.

Media Trust Volunteers need to have a minimum of two years professional experience in media or communications. If that’s you, get started and start volunteering your skills today.

Step 1 – Set up your volunteer profile
It’s important to provide a clear summary of your skills and experience so the charity can see how you can help. Some tips for building a great profile :

  • Share your skills, knowledge and experience in your bio – help a charity understand what you can do to  help them, be specific and avoid jargon.
  • Let them know a bit about you – why  you want to volunteer and what  you are passionate about.
  • Provide examples – Feel free to share links to your professional profile, LinkedIn, Twitter, Vimeo or anything you’re proud of to bring your experience to life.

Step 2 – Apply to a Charity Opportunity 
Once your profile is complete, you can start searching for a charity to volunteer with. Check out the Current Opportunities and find charities looking for help that match your skills and passion. When you find a charity you want to volunteer with, you apply to the charity and let them know you have the communications skills and experience they require.

Step 3 – Match with your charity
Once the charity has read your profile and think you have the right skills for them, they will select you to be their volunteer. You will then need to accept the opportunity and Media Trust will share your contact details with the charity and take it from there.

Step 4 – Connect with your Charity

You should expect to hear from your charity  within a few days but let us know if you’ve not been able to connect with the charity and we can make sure you do. Set up a call or meeting to discuss the volunteer opportunity in more detail, agree priorities and timelines.

Step 4 – Keep in touch
Media Trust is here to support you at every step of the process. We will be in touch with you 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: volunteering@mediatrust.org

Please let us know how it’s going and share the outcomes and impact volunteering with Media Trust has had on you, your work and the charity. We love to hear about your progress and share success stories with our networks.


Find out more

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