In mid-March a group of friends launched SpareHand over Zoom. We wanted to help charities respond to Covid-19 and harness the wave of volunteer enthusiasm we saw at the start of this crisis.
SpareHand provides a way for people to volunteer flexibly around their schedules - using a unique algorithm and platform to match volunteer to charities provided by HireHand, SpareHand's partner.
Over the last three months, we have invited all our partner organisations and volunteers to be involved in shaping the way we work. We want to champion radical accessibility and decentralisation.
Through charities’ feedback we adapt and develop technological features to guarantee a solution that answers their core issues - which vary depending on their size, scope and sector of work. ScrubHubs across the country pushed us to recruit fabric cutters and sewers. Magic Breakfast and its partner schools catering to vulnerable families in Lambeth and Southwark helped us to improve our safeguarding procedures.
Now - with you - we are building a new way to volunteer, that goes beyond Covid-19.
SpareHand believes that volunteering needs to be brought into the 21st century – to become digitally enabled, and flexible, to match people’s busy lifestyles. We can harness this once-in-a-generation opportunity to revolutionise volunteering. We have proven this over the last three months: mobilising over 40,000 volunteer hours on behalf of over 40 community organisations.
Like the whole country, SpareHand is embarking on a new phase - while lockdown may be easing, we’re seeing charities still in huge need for volunteers to be able to continue responding - needs which will increase as furlough ends.
Katherine Waterston and Jude Law are both regular SpareHand volunteers.
Help us build SpareHand for the future - and keep this free service running for charities through the protracted Covid-19 phase.
We want to lead a once-in-a-generation transformation of the way we volunteer in our local communities. To do so, we need your help.
Your donation will allow us to continue building and developing SpareHand over the next three months, serving dozens of charities, mobilising thousands of volunteers, and extending our work across the whole of the UK.
Naomie Harris volunteered with one of the supported charities in June.
Together, we can help more and more charities to do amazing work in their communities - now and for months to come. Let's keep the momentum going.
Charities love using SpareHand.
Volunteers love using SpareHand.
Does my donation qualify for Gift Aid?
Yes - if you are a UK taxpayer your donation can qualify for Gift Aid.
Is SpareHand not-for-profit?
Yes - SpareHand is a not-for-profit initiative, which is incubated within a charity, called the Stepping Out Foundation (charity no: 1146090). All proceeds from this Crowdfunder campaign will be received by the Stepping Out Foundation and will be spent in accordance with Charity Commission guidelines, for the development of SpareHand.
What will this money be used for?
This money will be used to continue helping community groups and small charities to find and manage volunteers, as they continue to face needs from Covid-19 and other social issues. Over the next three months, we will mobilise 30,000 hours of volunteer time for charities, and continue to expand SpareHand’s offering across the UK, testing new approaches to digitally-enabled volunteering.
To date SpareHand has been run by a group of volunteers working pro bono; we have now reached the stage where we will fund a small core team to keep developing and running the platform - and crucially to develop a sustainable model for SpareHand into the future.
What is the role of HireHand?
HireHand has partnered with SpareHand from the beginning, putting its world-class matching algorithm at SpareHand’s disposal and offering use of its technology platform for free for this community purpose. HireHand is a company with a social purpose that has been backed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Big Issue Invest. They continue generously to make the technology available for free, and will not receive any funding from this Crowdfunder campaign.