Tuesday, 14 November 2017

New pro bono project with Manchester Women's Aid - requires female volunteer

Due to the nature of this project this charitable organisation are looking for a female #ProBonoOR volunteer, in order to protect the interests of service users. 

Manchester Women’s Aid

Project summary:

Manchester Women’s Aid aim to offer safe temporary housing for women and children during which time staff work with them to develop plan to start getting their life back on track. Manchester Women’s Aid also offer community based support for women and men living in their own homes.
The problem:
The charity finds that, in some cases, they are not able to offer service users the sort of help they need to enable them to move on from the temporary accommodation Manchester Women’s Aid provide. This causes several problems. For example:
·         The residents who are unable to move on without delay are not having their needs met and should be getting support elsewhere (Manchester Women’s Aid is only set up to provide temporary housing).
It stops Manchester Women’s Aid from offering emergency services to women and children whom they are able to help
To mitigate the problem, the Charity would like the volunteer to develop a risk assessment tool (the risk here being that the service user will not be able to move on from the refuge) to help them decide how best to meet the needs of the target client group. The tool should
·         be easy for staff to use
·         make it clear what criteria are used to support the decision and
·         it must be easy to audit.

Time commitment5days in total, but to be confirmed once the volunteer has assessed the data and discussed with the charity
LocationManchester, UK

Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to hope.meadows@theorsociety.com by Tuesday 28th November.
Information about the organisation:

Charitable objectives:
Manchester Women’s Aid is an independent charity providing a range of services for women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. The organisation aims to provide excellence in all services. Support services aim to keep women and children as safe as possible through education and by raising awareness. Manchester Women’s Aid aim offer safe housing and refuge as well as community based support for women and men loving in their own homes.

Main activities of the organisation
MWA Vision and Aims: we exist to protect women and children from violence by providing safe support and accommodation services

Mission Statement: Our mission is to consistently deliver professional, insightful and energetic services that put service users at the centre our of our provision

MWA aims to:
-Provide a range of high quality and effective support services for those who have experienced or are risk of domestic violence.
-Ensure equality of access to all services provided by MWA.
-Strengthen partnership working between organisations to develop strategies and improve services for women and children.
-Promote women’s equality and children’s rights by raising awareness and supporting campaigns for better laws, policies and services which actively prevent violence against women and children.
-Improve standards within our workforce.

For more information about Manchester Women’s Aid please visit http://www.manchesterwomensaid.org/
For further information about
For further information about the Pro Bono scheme please visit: http://www.theorsociety.com/Probono

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

New Project! Volunteers wanted for new project with Greenpower Education Trust

Greenpower Education Trust

Project summary:

A volunteer is required to assess the requirements and benefits of integrating Greenpower’s accounting, website and CRM systems to support and accelerate anticipated future growth.
Greenpower currently operate a Sage 50 accounting system, a Drupal website/shop system and will soon be implementing a CRM system (most likely to be Salesforce).
We require expert advice to help define our requirements for IT systems integration to present to potential providers, and an assessment of the benefits integration will provide as part of the business case for investment in this activity. This will help to ensure we make the right decisions to meet our short and long term goals.
We are looking for a volunteer to
  • gain an understanding of our business processes and how they tie in with our software systems
  • produce a requirements document that can be presented to potential providers
·         provide an assessment of the benefits of systems integration to our business processes

Time commitment2-4 days
LocationWest Sussex, BN18 0SD

Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to hope.meadows@theorsociety.com by Tuesday 31st October.

Information about the organisation:

Charitable objectives:
Greenpower Education Trust is an educational charity supplying electric kit cars to schools and colleges throughout the UK and internationally. Children 9-18 years work together to build the cars and then race them at events run by Greenpower.

 Greenpower’s mission intends to
·         Change current views about engineering, presenting it as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career choice for any young person.
·         Demonstrate the importance of engineering, and associated STEM subjects, to solve the problems faced by societies today particularly in the areas of sustainability.
·         Link education, industry and community through inspirational engineering projects.
·         Promote social inclusion through engaging with vulnerable and economically disadvantaged young people.

The vision and mission were realised from a study by Sussex Enterprise in 1998 looking at the needs of engineering companies in the region. This uncovered a worrying problem; an industry increasingly reliant on an aging work force with few young people coming into engineering to learn the skills and replace the workforce.
An investigation revealed low levels of interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) amongst young people, within schools and within communities generally. After an initial event to promote engineering run by Greenpower and Sussex Enterprise, publicity in the Daily Telegraph brought in requests from around the UK from teachers who wanted a similar project in their region. This resulted in the Greenpower Education Trust creating a number of practical, educational engineering challenges that fulfil our mission and encompass all of our values.

Main activities of the organisation
Greenpower Education Trust supports over 600 teams participating in multiple events across the country. We are looking to expand in the UK and to provide ongoing support to an increasing number of international licensees following our successful model.
We are a small team and so efficient, fit for purpose business processes and IT systems are vital to our day-to-day management and expected future growth.

For further information about Greenpower Education Trust please visit http://www.greenpower.co.uk/
For further information about the Pro Bono scheme please visit: http://www.theorsociety.com/Probono

Thursday, 28 September 2017

See how OR is making an impact on the other side of the world (IFORS Article)

Make sure you check it this article in the latest IFORS newsletter. See how community OR makes an impact as an agent of change.

More articles can be found at http://ifors.org/newsletter/ifors-news-sept2017.pdf 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Are you interested in joining and/or helping set-up an OR Society special interest group exploring ‘Information and Cyber Security?’

Are you looking to share your knowledge of cyber security? Or looking looking to get to know it?

The OR Society are looking to start a new special interest group invested in Information and Cyber Security, and are currently looking to recruit committee roles and SIG followers. 

A call to action from Dan Tilley FORS:

'I (Dan Tilley) have recently joined the cyber security community, having spent 16 years working in the defence community (including aspects of cyber warfare), in a big way. I am looking to help develop the relationship between Operational Research and Cyber Security by helping to set-up and run a  successful special interest group. I have a long history with the Operational Research Society, having helped organise a number of conferences with them and sat on council.'

If you have an interest in cyber or information security, and how we may apply Operational Research in investigating and solving the challenges of cyber security then this is the special interest group for you. We expect to be covering topics such as: Attack types, Vulnerabilities, Analytics, Machine Learning,  and Artificial Intelligence among many others.

For more info please send an expression of interest email to Dan Tilley at daniel.tilley275@gmail.com

Monday, 25 September 2017

OR Group of Scotland Event with guest speaker Ruth Kaufman

The OR Group of Scotland will be hosting an event this week with a talk from our very own OR Society President, Ruth Kaufman.

President of the Operational Research Society

Speaker: Ruth Kaufman OBE, FORS, FIMA

Abstract: The OR Society, with around 12 FTE staff and a turnover around £1million, falls definitely into the ‘S’ subset of SMEs. With 3,000 members, it is pretty small as far as learned societies go, as well. But its reach, impact and ambitions are disproportionately great. Part of this discrepancy is explained by the nature of OR itself: its massive power to transform and improve, even whilst most people who benefit from it have never heard of it, and many people who work in the field hesitate to define it. In this talk, I will review some aspects of the current position of the ORS and of OR in the UK and discuss how the ORS and OR professionals can best capitalise on our strengths and opportunities.

Biography: Ruth Kaufman, a `Companion' of the OR Society, became President of the Society in January 2016. Like many other members of the OR Society, she fell into O.R. by accident, in her case having taken a maths BA in the School of Social Sciences at Sussex University. This led to a long career in public sector O.R. and wider management at London Transport, London Electricity, Department of Health and Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD). At ECGD, she joined the Executive Board, having responsibility for strategy and change management as well as leading an influential OR group. In the voluntary sector, Ruth chaired a small charity, Woman's Trust, for five years and was a founder member of the OR Society's Pro Bono Scheme. Ruth is currently (amongst other things), Advisor to the Finance Committee at the National Federation of Women's Institutes, a visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and a freelance consultant and advisor. She was awarded an OBE for 'services to Operational Research' in the 2016 New Year's Honours list.

Time: 28th Sep, 2017, 4.30pm

Venue: SW204, Strathclyde Business School, 199 Cathedral Street, Glasgow G40QU

If you'd like to attend the event then head over to this link and register for free

For any queries or for further info please email ashwin.arulselvan@strath.ac.uk

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

OR59: Pro Bono Consultancy Tips and Tricks

In case you missed it, The Operational Research Society held its OR59 annual conference last week at Loughborough University. With more streams than the Isle of Arran, it's safe to say everybody's needs were catered for. Pro Bono got stuck in, investing must time in the Grand Challenges, OR in Consultancy and Third Sector Modelling.

There was a theme than ran throughout the 3 days of the conference, and that was a general sense of community; not only were we there to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments already achieved by OR affiliates, but we were also there to ensure that the growth of the OR community is sustainable. Expert knowledge is not the only thing that everyone at the conference had it common, people also shared the motivation to utilize OR to create a better future. If you're new to the OR community, as am i, then the conference teaches us that the OR community has a strong sense of identity and your invited to explore all of the common interests. 

As much as I'd like to report back on all of the talks I was able to indulge in, unfortunately my time is limited, and so is my OR knowledge! But there are a few lessons I took away which are important to share among our community within Pro Bono. The great thing about Pro Bono is it's slim criteria in order to get involved. Our volunteers range from young to OR analysts and practitioners to the extremely accomplished, and the not-for profits we work with range from start-ups to well established registered charities. With everybody in the mix, its no wonder my predecessor has done such a wonderful job in growing the Pro Bono scheme, the diverse involvement makes for a great equation that equals success. 

Having never heard of Operational Research until six months ago, I recognise entry into the OR community can be overwhelming, With all that knowledge comes great power, and when you meet so many people who strive to constantly improve their knowledge, suddenly you find yourself feeling overwrought. It's the equal measure of excitement that makes you want to explore every avenue in the OR community, mixed with enough nervousness to make you second guess every thought that comes to mind. 

If your familiar with OR but new to Pro Bono then we still have plenty of teachings for you. In case you missed the conference then here are some slides created by our very own Ian Seath and Jane Parkin, with advice on the Pro Bono process. On day 2 of the conference, Ian and Jane ran a workshop which provided some hints and tips for Pro Bono volunteers. The things we learnt include a list of considerations when preparing for an initial meeting with a client, as well as how learning how to overcome obstacles and challenges that may arise during a project. Importance was placed on the need to continuously refer back to the project definition and objectives, identifying the needs of the client during every step of the process. Feel free to download the slides and get involved in the scenarios we looked at during the workshop.     

Also available, a complete plan on the kind of things to consider ahead of a kick-off meeting https://www.dropbox.com/s/2z356z76y8n9bvq/Example%20kick%20off%20meeting%20plan%20final.docx?dl=0

If you'd like to see any particular aspects of the Pro Bono application or project process to be covered with guidance from our veterans then please email hope.meadows@theorsociety.com with all queries. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

DoctOR will see you now

YHORG are hosting an event and you're invited!

YHORG are hosting a talk with guest speaker Charles Tallack. Content shows just how much OR is putting new life into the NHS. Discussion includes, approach and techniques, challenges faced, and the impact being made.

“… we will expand NHS operational research, RCT capability and other methods to promote more rigorous ways of answering high impact questions in health services redesign. “
OR doesn’t often get a mention in a national government strategy document, so this statement from the 2014 NHS Five Year Forward View, the blueprint for redesign of the NHS, is both exciting and daunting. Charles Tallack was subsequently appointed to set up and lead the NHS England Operational Research and Evaluation Unit. His team is contributing to the transformation of the NHS, and evaluating the impact that new models of care being piloted are having. They are modelling how the changes are supposed to work, and testing these models using advanced analytical techniques. 
Charles will talk about the pioneering approaches the team are taking and the impact they are having on the issues and challenges facing the NHS, and how he’s come to see OR and evaluation as natural bed fellows.

When? Wednesday 27th September 2017
Where? West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, LS2 7UP
Time? 5.30pm - 7pm

Places are limited so please contact Sarah Fores sarahfores@gmail.com to book a place asap.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Free time is precious. Why become a Pro Bono OR volunteer?

Some say that volunteering is priceless, and they’re right. Except for the times when I can put a price on it! In 2017 to-date, pro bono OR volunteers input equates to £57,000.00 in billable hours. Those hours include aiding organisations seeking to improve operations, ration resources or measure impact, all of which lead to long term success. With OR solutions being provided through free consultancy, we are handing over both transparency and sustainability, two things I’m sure we’d like to see move of in the UK. 

We all know and love the basic motivations of volunteering, we know the spiel that informs us we are part of something good and we’re making a difference to something that is usually bigger than all of us. If you work with individuals from a charity, then you have also heard about just how much you can change that person’s life, whether it be a child who is struggling to invest in their childhood, or an elderly person who struggles to stay sociable; spending time with these individuals is a responsible thing to do. There is a whole underworld of motivations to volunteer and pro bono OR can make them all available.  

There’s a generic volunteer role in the charity sector that lets you productively procrastinate, but there’s something that charitable organisations don’t tell you as they attempt to sign you up and demand all your free time. They don’t tell just how self-full volunteering can be. Volunteering can help you work on ‘the self’ in so many more ways than advertised. Did you know that volunteering is actually good for your health? Not kidding. Research studies have shown that volunteering forces us to spend time thinking about others. When the spotlight is on someone else you tend to think less about your own situation and this incurs a decrease in stress levels. The effects of contentment lead to a better immune system as well as more logical thinking when returning to matters in your own life. But I’m no doctor, so go and see the effects for yourself.  

The good news is that beyond the role of ‘volunteer’, being an OR volunteer provides even more value to personal gain along with your project impact. Pro Bono OR volunteers get to take a holistic approach to tackling problems. You get to use a range of OR techniques whilst gaining consultancy experience and boosting your CV. Pro Bono projects are with organisations who strive to reach charitable aims and objectives, so the best part is you get to work on a worthwhile cause. Pro Bono projects provide a mutually beneficial relationship for the volunteer and the charitable organisation. Well what does The OR Society get out of it then? Glad you asked. By providing free consultancy to third sector organisations and pairing OR analysts on suitable projects, we continue the advancement of knowledge and interest in OR. That’s more than enough for us.   

What else does pro bono OR add to the volunteering experience? Well, with the guidelines in place, for all parties, it means we are able to control the risks. You are given an environment in which to find real solutions and improvements, and can adapt the project to treat the organisation as an individual. Every charity and social enterprise is different. Although third sector organisations face similar challenges and must contend with constantly moving boundaries, the wants and needs of every group is different; we identify every organisation as an individual. Nowadays, the charity sector is expected to do more with less and that is why volunteers are the most important resource community organisations have.
We currently have over 600 pro bono volunteers that are actively looking for projects. I’m afraid to tell you that I don’t have 600 projects for volunteers to work on, but the good news is that when you’re not on a project, you’re free to explore the OR community that The OR Society has built. As a volunteer you get to expand your network, meet and greet other analysts in both similar and diverse fields to you. As a pro bono volunteer you’re invited to several events throughout the year, and if we don’t host an event that grabs your attention, then simply let me know what captivates you and I can put it on my agenda. Getting onto that VIP list entitled ‘pro bono volunteers’ gives you the opportunity to explore OR and everyone in it. With over 160,000 charities in the UK, I’m sure we can find a project for you.

The benefits of being an OR volunteer continue. I’m not saying that being selected to work on a project is the best day of your life, all I’m saying is, your wedding day has nothing on the excitement these projects bring. Pro Bono projects provide real-world experience. If you’re looking to exercise old skills then this is the environment for you. Furthermore, if you want to learn new skills, whether it be OR techniques, consultancy or project management then this is still the environment for you. Employers highly rate individuals who display a range of soft skills, and pro bono projects are a perfect opportunity to show these. You’re welcome for the career boost. It’s what we’re here for.  Don’t forget, regardless of your motivations and/or experience, if you’d like to work on a project but need a confidence boost to get you through it then I can provide a mentor for you. Pro Bono OR supports and encourages you no matter what stage of your OR journey you are at. 

For more info about volunteering please visit http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Probono/volunteers.aspx, 
or email hope.meadows@theorsociety.com 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Win Free Tickets to The New Scientist Live

If you are a member of the OR Society or a pro bono OR volunteer the you could be in with the chance to win free tickets.

The OR Society is exhibiting at the New Scientist Live, which is taking place at the ExCel in London from Thursday 28th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017. You can find more information about this exciting event here https://live.newscientist.com/

We have five pairs of complimentary tickets, which we would like to offer to committee members and volunteers as gratitude for all of your hard work and dedication to the Society.

Each complimentary ticket is worth up to £26.00 and will allow entry for any one of those four days, so you could take a partner or friend, or travel solo and gain free entry for two of the four days. For those of you with families, children under 5 years are admitted free of charge and children aged between 5-17 years are admissible upon purchasing a “Child Ticket” for £15.00.

As we only have a limited number of tickets, we will draw five winners at random at noon on Friday 1st September 2017. If you would like to enter the draw, please email charlene.timewell@theorsociety.com by this deadline. Winners will then be contacted by email on the afternoon of Friday 1st September 2017.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Pro Bono OR Case Study- Care4All Performance Management Dashboard

Care4All are an established charity who provide social care support and services for hundreds of vulnerable people in North East Lincolnshire and the surrounding area. The charity provides a diverse range of services and support whilst focusing on creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities. With 90 paid staff and 8 volunteers, the charity is constantly seeking to raise it's profile since it was established in 2007. 

Charitable objects include: 
-the relief of those in need, by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages.
-the relief of unemployment for the benefit of the public in such ways as may be though fit, including assistance to find employment. 

Care4All had been through a period of significant change and need to make sense of the performance data the collect. there are a few key questions whic needed to be considered for this project:
  • -          What questions do the Care4all management board want to answer or metrics do they             need to monitor on organisational performance?
  • -          Does the data currently collected allow these questions to be answered? If not, what data         needs to be collected to answer relevant questions?
  • -          Does data need to be structured or collected differently?
  • -          How can data be routinely analysed?
  • -          How can the analysis be presented in a meaningful and powerful way?
After an initial meeting with the Chief Executive, the Pro Bono volunteer sought to support the charity by presenting meaningful organisational performance management information. After creating a performance management process the organisation had scope to present management reports using infographics. 

Another successful project, with big thanks to our volunteer. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Starting a charity? ...Keep it simple

The early years journey of a charity can be a fist-shaking experience, but it doesn’t have to be thanks to the endless support that organisations can provide NFPs today. Many start-ups have the same questions, and although there’s no blanket solution, often you find that keeping it simple is a start. The following three steps are a guide to the very early years, after that, there’s Pro Bono OR! Come see for yourself…. http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Probono/HowcanORhelpyou.aspx

Define your aims and objectives
Although crowd-funding is more popular than ever, gone are the days that charitable objectives are simply a monetary figure. Charitable engagement has grown from the face-to-face fundraising that we all swerve to avoid in the high street, to creating punishable challenges like trekking across Africa in your undies with nothing but a pencil and a rubber duck! If we expect the community to hop on board with our out-of-the-box events then we need to make sure our purpose is clear. Aims and objectives don’t just have to be facts and figures, let us know the real reason you’re dedicating all of your time for this particular charity, or this particular cause and event. Making your aims personal and precise is the best way to make digital communication induce empathy. Making your aims clear is the best way to retain the attention of your audience.  
If you’re early on in the start-up journey then go ahead and be honest with your every intention. Let me know that the first four months will be spent refining a fundraising strategy, or that the six months after that will be working towards effectively measuring impact. The sooner you’re up front, the sooner the community can either signpost you all my known contacts, or they hop off the train because you’re not heading for a destination that they can see themselves ending up at.
So what if you have all of the motivation and you know qualitatively how you want to achieve, but you can’t quite seem to create a visual for others to see? If that’s the case then it’s time to cut that picture up, back into the smaller pieces you originally used to make it. We do this by making SMART targets: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely; and I cannot stress the ‘realistic’ enough. A large amount of charities lose funding, discounts and corporate backing because they fail to meet their targets within the first 3 years of set up. You’re better off meeting lower targets that failing to over-achieve. Ego should be removed when setting aims and objectives! 

Be a social media guru
Lesson number one: learn to separate professional and personal social media. More importantly, look away once in a while, before it consumes you. Social media will be the death of us all. I’m speaking from experience. During my time living in Australia, I was walking in the CBD on weekday lunch break (something we in the UK aren’t partial to, because we’re ‘too busy’) and as I was approaching a crossroad, stupidity unfolded right before me. A woman was walking whilst peering down at her phone, she considered herself too busy to even look before crossing the road. Of course that didn’t give the bus coming up behind her much time to stop, so I ran into the road and pulled her back to the pavement. Dignity isn’t a word I use often and this occasion was no exception. Not only did I get clipped by the bus, but I managed to trip up the curb and was used as a landing pad for the nice corporate lady in a suit. The smoothie that was in her hand was now providing new colours on my top. The fact that I dislocated my shoulder saving that woman, only to have an absence of thanks, is not the point. The reason that woman risked her life was because reading her social media notifications was more important that the 12 tonne bus heading her way. It’s possible to be SMART with your social media use to, it’s just a case of defining the aims of your use:
  • -                 Aim to build a network – There’s no better phrase than ‘I know a guy.’
  • -      Increase your reach by intentionally reaching out to people you think might be interested; but don’t be afraid of not hearing back from a stranger who hasn’t yet earnt your respect!
  • -          Use meta-tags – The internet is a great invention that everyone uses but no one understands. Meta-tags provide specific information about a page including content description, author info and key words or phrases. Use this to extend your reach to people who may not have necessarily taken interest at first glance.
  • -          Be authentic, not robotic – Don’t post information you think I want to hear. Post information you want me to hear, then tell me why it’s important to you.
  • -          Use the internet site appropriately – We all shake our fists at the 140 character capacity that twitter allows, so instead of trying to Shakespeare your post up, simply signpost. Signpost to your website, to your blog, to your stats and figures, or to your gallery that shows just how great the people you work with are. Be smart with social media platforms.
 Elaborate on your call to action
Call to action can be used as both motivation for a message receiver, as well as a marketing term to show next steps to an audience. It’s all very well using social media to signpost me to your website but don’t waste it by not finishing my journey for me. Now that I am on your website I want to know what’s next. I can see what you hope to achieve and when you want to achieve it by, but now I want to know how you intend to do it. More importantly, where do I come into this? A call to action tells the customer what you want them to do. The actions are simple:
-fill out a form
-re-post a blog
-attend an event
-register for info
-fill in a survey
-buy something
-find out more…

A call to action should be simple, clear and interactive. You may be a small charity, but now suddenly your audience understand both your wants and your needs. Isn’t that what we all want in life?

For more info on how Pro Bono can help with: 
  • Strategic planning/review
  • Impact measurement
  • Process improvement
  • Data analysis
  • Business planning
  • Efficiency improvement
  • Options appraisal
  • Decision making
and more! Please get in touch with hope.meadows@theorsociety.com

Friday, 28 July 2017

Looking for pro bono volunteers to work with Rainbow Trust Childrens Charity

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

Project summary:

To evaluate the impact of special sibling support for brothers and sisters of children who are life-threatened or terminally ill. The volunteer will help shape and define the remit of the evaluation
The volunteer will work with the Manchester Sibling Support Worker and National Manager to answer the questions above and produce a report to measure the impact of this 5 year project. This evaluation will be submitted to the Big Lottery Fund as part of a final grant report in March 2018.
Time commitment: 10-15 Days over the duration i.e. 2 days a month approximately
Location: Manchester (OL8 4QQ) /Leatherhead Surrey (KT22)

Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to hope.meadows@theorsociety.com by Friday 11th August.

Information about the organisation:

Charitable objectives:
OUR VISION:  One day all terminally ill children and their families will have access to a Rainbow Trust Carer.
MISSION:  Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.
OUR USP: We offer the whole family individually tailored, high quality support for as long as they need it.

Main activities of the organisation
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. For these families, life is unthinkably tough. Their lives are shattered into a million pieces as they struggle to cope with the possibility that their child might die.
Rainbow Trust Family support workers provide individually tailored support to help families navigate through this period of great stress and uncertainty.   Each family is designated their own Family Support Worker who provides emotional support to help them face each day, as  well as helping with the practicalities of taking care of the sick child and siblings, helping with house work and transporting families to hospital.   We provide help however and whenever a family needs it most.
Some families are supported a few times each week, some call us as and when they feel in need, and everything in between. From supporting in the home, at hospital when children receive treatment, to being there for the whole family if a child dies.

For more info about Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity please visit: https://rainbowtrust.org.uk/
For further information about the Pro Bono scheme please visit: http://www.theorsociety.com/Probono