ICRS Northwest Hub: Employee Volunteering in the Covid era

The first of this year's Northwest Hubs’ meetups will explore the topic of the impact of Covid on Employee Volunteering programmes.  


This event is designed to discuss & share examples of how organisations are adapting to social mixing restrictions. The event will provide insight into how ‘flipping’ an established community-based employee volunteering programme to something distinctly virtual can have huge benefits to all those involved. We will be sharing experiences and discuss ways to maintain employee engagement, whilst still meeting expectations of ‘host’.  The event will be an informal discussion, but we are pleased to be joined by the following:

  • Clare Beavan, Foundation and Community Engagement Manager, DWF
  • Cameron Howe, Customer Service Advisor, Whizz-Kidz
  • Belén Satorre Berbegal, Stakeholder Engagement Director, Be Collective

Our speakers each have a unique perspective on employee volunteering over the last year, overcoming the challenges presented for employers, brokers and charities, resulting in some really positive stories of community impact and support.


Clare Beavan, Foundation and Community Engagement Manager, DWF

The DWF Foundation is an independent charity, founded by DWF. It has the sole aim of providing funds, resources and mentoring support to help individuals, groups and communities to achieve their full potential.

Since May 2016, the Foundation has been the focus of charitable giving for DWF and reflects DWF values and culture of contribution. As of December 2020, the Foundation had distributed grants totalling over £500,000 to good causes. Those grants were made possible by DWF's fundraising activities and donations.


Cameron Howe, Customer Service Advisor, Whizz-Kidz

Whizz-Kidz is the UK's leading children's mobility charity and primary provider of paediatric mobility equipment outside the NHS. Our mission is to transform the lives of disabled children - not only by providing vital equipment, but also through crucial training and support in the form of wheelchair skills training sessions and activity clubs. Our employability programme also provides opportunities to build confidence, aspiration and independence.


Belén Satorre Berbegal, Stakeholder Engagement Director, Be Collective

Be Collective is a tech for good company which provides an end-to-end solution to manage volunteering programmes and uniquely brings together all of your critical stakeholders into a single eco-system (employees, charities, schools, local authorities and government).  Through industry-leading Social infrastructure, your organisation’s community work is captured through dynamic, live reporting that automatically categorises your CSR and volunteering activities and delivers insights into the nature of your organisation’s engagement and impact.  

Belén Satorre Berbegal is a trilingual strategic communications and stakeholder engagement professional specialising in corporate social responsibility, sustainability and human rights. Currently, Belén is a Director of Stakeholder Development at Be Collective, an Australia-based Tech for Good Organisation that mobilise goodwill across communities using technology to achieve positive social impact. Belén has experience across FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies, non-profits, and United Nations Agencies. She has taken several communications and research roles for Amnesty International, UNHCR, UNESCO, and the Washington D.C based think tank Center for American Progress. She has also worked in Mexico and Ecuador conducting research in border disputes with the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID), and as a journalist for El Mundo national newspaper in Madrid.

You can visit Be Collective's LinkedIn page here.

You can visit Belen's Linkedin page here. 



ICRS Regional Hub
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 10:30 to 11:30
Open to all
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