Using your skills to make a positive impact, with Furlonteer Sam
Sam tells us about the value of volunteering and how it inspired him to start his own social enterprise, Affect.
Why did you sign up to Furlonteer?
My background is in creative advertising and branding, where I've worked across gaming, product design, and of course - selling things. After living in Canada for a few years, I returned back to the UK with the view to become more involved in volunteering and supporting local communities. Then lockdown happened.
While trying to find work was difficult, it gave me the opportunity to discover Furlonteer (through LinkedIn) and it seemed like a great opportunity to do some good while we were remaining socially distant.
I felt as though Furlonteer was built with multiple skillsets in mind, and that it would enable me to put my background to good use. Charities and good causes rarely have the luxury to consider branding and marketing in between the hard work they do - and that's something I could help support in the short term.
Could you tell us a little about the charity you’ve been matched with and your role in helping them?
I was matched with Lifskool; a charity focusing on life skills education to build confidence, communication, and creativity within young adults. Working with the founder Arthi, I helped create a range of social media visuals and assets for their 'Zoomtastic Circus' event.
This was a great 1-day event where different circus acts (Performers without Borders) performed live on Zoom from around the world - to audiences in NY, UK, and India.
Which new skills has this experience given you, or what skills do you feel you've shared?
The nature of Furlonteer matching charities with relevant skillsets has meant that I can make a positive impact with previous professional experience, but that doesn't mean I didn't learn much! It was lovely working with Arthi, and I think that in general creating work for social good provides a completely fresh perspective on the role we play in society.
I think that in general creating work for social good provides a completely fresh perspective on the role we play in society.
What impact do you feel it’s had on your experience of being furloughed, and are you likely to continue volunteering after it ends?
I've actually been very fortunate in that since signing up for Furlonteer, I've had consistent work coming through. However, if anything it's helped reaffirm my view on the value of volunteering (time as well as money) to good causes. I'll certainly be continuing support both online as well as off - and it's actually spurred me on to continue forming my own social enterprise, Affect.
Continuing to do good - a little bit about Affect
Affect is a platform that enables the support of multiple impactful charities at once, and celebrates the real difference you make with your donations. We're looking to rebuild trust in charities, and that starts with challenging our perspective of what 'value' is: Moving away from material accumulation, to the emotional reward of giving.
Just like Furlonteer has helped prove, I believe that anyone can make a difference.
If Sam has inspired you to volunteer why not sign up with us now?