Monday, 28 September 2015

New projects requiring volunteers

Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions

Pro Bono O.R. is a scheme run by The OR Society that provides skills-based volunteers to work on short term projects with third sector organisations in the UK. 

Projects require skilled professionals who work in operational research, analytics or related professions.  If you have the skills required for a project, we’d love to hear from you.

Please find details of two new projects below that we are seeking a skilled volunteer for:

Bullion Community Resource Centre
Information about the organisation:
Charitable objectives: to initiate and support action to change lives, strengthen communities and challenge inequalities across Chester-le-Street and the wider surrounding area.
Main activities of the organisation:  Bullion Hall is a community centre which hosts activities e.g. parent and toddler groups for approx. 800 people per weeks as well as providing office space to a number of local charities. Planning permission has been granted to extend the building (cost £600k) and they are currently exploring how this can be taken forward. In November they take on a community café operating in Bullion Hall since 2005 from Durham County Council.

Project summary:
Project: Community Café Business Case: To help review and analyse the business case for expansion and operation of the “Wait er while” community café.
Time commitment: approx. 3-4 days
LocationCounty Durham, DH2 2DW (Initial meeting on site, followed by desk-based analysis/research. Meeting to present findings/recommendations on site).
Please read the project scope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return to me along with your CV by midday on Monday 12th October 2015.

This project is suitable for an individual volunteer, pair or team of analysts.  If you would like to work on a project with the support of a mentor please do specify in your application and I can try to arrange this.  Lastly, if you are interested in working on a project but cannot meet the deadline specified please do register your interest in the first instance before the deadline.

Walsingham Support
Information about the organisation:
Charitable objectives: provision of housing, care and support services, primarily for those who have learning disabilities, but also for those with other forms of disability (including physical, mental, sensory and degenerative disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and brain injuries) and including those with multiple disabilities.   
Main activities of the organisation:
Support at Home
o   Supported Living & Domiciliary Care – tailored to meet individual needs, from a few hours each week to 24 hours a day.
o   Registered Residential Care & Extra Care – often chosen by people who have complex or high support needs and which may include nursing care.
Support in the Community
o   Community Based Services – including a variety of educational activities as well as more socially focussed activities which help in the development of social skills.  These services also act as a springboard to access wider community services and opportunities – including employment, volunteering and leisure.Project summary:
Project: Personalisation Research: To research the application of personalisation in organisations (both government and the third sector) working with care provision and benchmark Walsingham Support.
Time commitment: approx. 5 days
LocationLondon, N20 9HR (After an initial meeting at the location, all further work may be undertaken remotely).
Please read the project scope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return to me along with your CV by midday on Monday 12th October 2015.

This project is suitable for an individual volunteer, pair or team of analysts.  If you would like to work on a project with the support of a mentor please do specify in your application and I can try to arrange this.  Lastly, if you are interested in working on a project but cannot meet the deadline specified please do register your interest in the first instance before the deadline.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch via email or phone (0121 2339300).