Connecting communities
We inspire and mobilise people to take action that changes the world

Our story

Launched in 2011 as ivo with the aim of modernising volunteering and social action through the use of new and emerging technologies, we became the Do-it Trust in 2014 following our acquisition of Do-it.org, the UK’s national volunteering database.

A registered charity, we have shown that you don’t have to be big or have lots of money to have an impact. For our first two years we were entirely volunteer run and from our humble beginnings we have grown to become a leading volunteering voice that harnesses digital to mobilise people to effect social change.

In 2017 we entered into a joint social enterprise partnership with long standing partners Vivo Technology. This will enable the Do-it.org service to continue within a sustainable enterprise environment, ensuring the long standing success of what is a vital service for the beyond profit sector.


 

Our mission

To bring people together to help solve society’s problems through voluntary and civic action. We want to make it easy for people to connect, share, learn and grow and in doing so provide a world class service that is able to extend the capacity of civil society.


 

Our approach

We put volunteers and civil society at the heart of everything we do to inspire everyone to get involved and do something for their community. Using the latest technologies, we want to help civil society  reap the benefits of putting volunteers and communities at the centre of their work as an essential element of social change.

Trustees

Pat Samuel CBE

Chair of Trustees

Pat is a former senior civil servant. From 2007 to 2011 she was Deputy Director, Public Service, in the Office for Civil Society (formerly the Office of Third Sector) where she was responsible for promoting the role of the voluntary and social enterprise sectors in the delivery of public services.

From 2003 to 2007 she was the Head of the Charity & Third Sector Finance Unit in HM Treasury, promoting the role of the third sector in the economy.

In 2009 Pat was awarded a CBE for public and voluntary service. Pat joined our board in December 2012.

Steven Travers

Trustee

Steven is a solicitor who qualified in England & Wales in 1982, and in Hong Kong in 1985. He has had experience in all sectors. He is currently Group Head of Regulatory Strategy at the London Stock Exchange Group plc where he was also the former Head of Legal. Between 2001 and 2006, Steven acted as a consultant and adviser on financial services matters. He has also worked in the public sector, including as chef de cabinet for an MP in Westminster and with the pre-privatisation CEGB.

In the voluntary sector, he has taught English and managed the British Council in Gaza, was Company Secretary of Body Positive, was Programme Director for Common Purpose in Croydon, Bromley and Bexley and is a founding Director and Company Secretary of Liberty Child, a Southampton-based charity that provides holidays for children with disabilities.

Ruth Bravery

Deputy Chair of Trustees

Ruth Bravery is Chief Executive of the Renewal Programme, a charity supporting marginalised and disadvantaged people in the London Borough of Newham. Ruth was previously Director of Volunteering and Community Involvement at Marie Curie Cancer Care where she was responsible for the involvement of over 9,000 volunteers, including opportunities for volunteers to support terminally ill people in the community. She has also lead work around Patient, Family and Carer engagement and ensured the voice of people using Marie Curie’s services was heard and responded to.

Prior to this, Ruth was an Assistant Director in the Civil Service and has held a number of volunteer positions throughout her life ranging from being a Scout Leader to Trustee roles in both national and local charities.

Jamie Ward-Smith

Trustee

Jamie is the former CEO of Do-it Trust. He has been an innovator and leader in the volunteering sector since 1995. He ran the Kensington & Chelsea Volunteer Bureau for five years, turning it into a centre for innovation and excellence before moving to YouthNet (now known as The Mix) where he co-founded Do-it.org and increased the charity's reach to over half a million young people a month. He then moved to the Home Office to direct community participation policy, leading the Russell Commission Review on youth action which resulted in the UK's largest single investment in volunteering through the vInspired charity. After five years of running Red Foundation CIC, a leading social change consultancy agency, he founded the ivo charity in 2011 which rebranded to Do-it Trust following the reverse takeover of Do-it.org in 2013.

Suresh Patel

Trustee & Treasurer

Suresh is an accountant who qualified with the Chartered Insititute of Public Finance & Accountancy in 1997. He specialises in working with public sector and not-for-profit organisations. He spent 18 years with the Audit Commission carrying out independent financial audits of some the largest and most complex local councils, hospitals and charities in the Midlands, London and the South East. Suresh currently works for global accounting and advisory firm Mazars, a senior member of their growing public sector practice.

Suresh brings with him significant experience of working with Boards, Directors and Committees to strengthen financial reporting, financial management and governance.

Helen Price

Trustee

Helen leads the Volunteer Centre in the London Borough of Enfield. She has worked in the voluntary sector in London and Hertfordshire since 2003 as a senior infrastructure support professional with further experience around Employer Supported Volunteering Initiatives and CSR programmes. Her work has involved her in the setting up and managing of Infrastructure Consortium as well as other Partnership Programmes to deliver local and regional volunteering support initiatives as part of regeneration, citizenship, social cohesion, social capital, health, good management practice initiatives.

Prior to working in the Third Sector, Helen worked as a business management consultant and troubleshooter working with SMEs to plan and manage change, growth and financial control. In this role she successfully negotiated with finance providers, Tax departments, suppliers, customers to negotiate payment agreements, credit control terms, price structures etc all fundamental to the business of successfully running an organisation (whichever sector).

Julian Hirst

Trustee

A design and innovation leader, Julian joined the Do-it Trust in September 2015 to support the development of the Do-It service and experience, and to continue to extend its influence and success in the UK and beyond.

Julian is also on the Board of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA), Managing Partner of Marseille-based business consultancy LiNXEO, and Non Exec advisor to ambitious SMEs in the UK and Europe - helping them to acquire new customers, retain existing ones, work smarter, and grow.

Supporters

If you’d like to support our work then please get in touch. You’ll be in great company with these amazing companies and funders that have supported our work so far.


The Cabinet Office are supporting Do-it.org, the UK's largest volunteering service which we took over from the YouthNet charity in 2013. Thanks to their funding we have been able to relaunch Do-it with lots of new features and are now working to put in place a sustainable funding plan to ensure Do-it's long term future.


The world's largest search engine supports Do-it Trust through a Google Grant and free Google Business Apps. Thanks to Google we are able to promote Do-it opportunities far and wide, enabling us to reach even more volunteers for the 40,000 plus organisations that rely on us for the volunteer recruitment. In addition Google Apps gives us, as a small charity, access to premium services for free that enable us to run an efficient organisation.


We were thrilled to get support from Nominet Trust. Their funding enabled us to develop and trial an Endorsements and Portfolios tool on ivo.org, so members could showcase their voluntary work and receive endorsements from the charities they gave help to. Initially focused on 16-25 year olds, we have since scaled up this feature by adding it to the new Do-it website launched in December 2014.


Tobias & Tobias have supported us with pro bono design to redesign the UX and interface of the ivo.org social network. Initially approached to provide a small amount of design work they loved what we're doing so much that they agreed to do more, enabling us to add huge value to the funds provided by Nominet. The new designs launched in the autumn of 2014.


The GLA's Team London volunteering team have supported the Do-it platform by investing in our infrastructure. This has enabled us to provide a new micro volunteering offer - offering bite sized micro actions that enable busy people to give their time - that now powers the Team London Speed Volunteering platform that launched in 2015.


Linked In are the world's largest professional networking platform. They are supporting Do-it by providing us with free access to their UK Volunteer Marketplace enabling us to promote professionally skilled volunteering opportunities on behalf of thousands of beyond profit organisations. In addition they are enabling us to introduce Linked In sign up to the new Do-it platform making it even easier for Linked In users to volunteer through Do-it.


Do-it Trust is part of the CROSS EU Ecosystem through our partnership with Sparta Technologies. Using the API from the new Do-it.org volunteering platform, Sparta have built a native mobile app that will be available on both Android and iOS in the summer of 2015. Enabling mobile access to our services is a key priority for Do-it and thanks to CROSS and Sparta these apps will make it even easier for anyone to volunteer using their smartphone.


Go Think Big is the community programme for the mobile operator O2, part of the Telefonica group.

We teamed up with them in 2015 to develop a new mobile app called Gro. This app, available in the Android and Apple app stores, helps young people aged 16-25 to articulate to prospective employers their achievements gained through volunteering. Social action is a key career development activity for many young people who often undersell the skills and experience they acquire - Gro provides a simple tool that they can use to impress their prospective boss on their CV and at interview.


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant making foundations in the UK. Established in 1961, the Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people in the UK, with a focus on the arts, social change, children/young people and the environment.

The Foundation have provided core funding to the Do-it Trust to help us become a sustainable enterprise by the end of 2016 - we are extremely grateful for their believe in and support of our work.


Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years. From small community groups to large national institutions, their aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.

The Foundation has very kindly provided a contribution towards core costs for Do-it Trust for which we are extremely grateful.