Learn more about Link UP's story and our team
Learn more about Link UP's story and our team
Link UP London works to Cultivate Social Change
Together, we are building stronger communities by harnessing professional skills for social good.
It all began in Battersea in 2016, expanding throughout Wandsworth and then into Lambeth in the summer of 2018. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic our service has since moved online and opened up to organisations across all boroughs of London.
We aim to connect people with professional skills to local Social Good Organisations (these include Charities, Social Enterprises, and Community Groups) where they live and/or work on short-term, structured, meaningful projects aimed to help the organisations do their work better and have a greater impact.
Our approach is to support committed people and organisations to work together to bring about local level change throughout London.
Our bespoke projects are designed to fit around modern, busy lives so each match is shaped with the needs of the organisation and the Skilled Volunteer's preferences in mind, to ensure that each side gets the most out of their experience. All projects can also be completed remotely or in-person if it's more convenient.
For further information on our work, take a look at our brochure here!
Communities are increasingly disconnected and struggle to make use of local skills and resources to overcome their distinct challenges.
Link UP connects highly skilled professionals with meaningful opportunities that strengthen individuals, organisations and communities and foster connection.
Where to find us
We are working in all 33 boroughs of London!
We support local charities, social enterprises and community groups in: City of London, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster.
Many people are looking for a way to ‘give back’, however they are busy and can’t find a volunteering role that fits their lives. Our Skilled Volunteering programme offers people an opportunity to use their professional skills to support the capacity development of Social Good Organisations on short-term, structured projects with flexible time commitments. Our projects are not designed to mobilise front-line volunteers, but rather build capacity of organisations from the top down, so they can do their work better and reach more people in their communities. The types of skills needed by SGO's are wide-ranging, and include: Marketing, HR, Finance, Strategy, Legal, Governance, Organisational Development, IT, and much more. We aim to ensure that volunteers have a positive experience and organisations receive the support they need to make a real difference in the community. Why not share your skills!
Our Impact in 2021
Read about the work we've done with charities, social enterprises and community groups in London in 2021.
I believe that strong charitable organisations are truly vital. They are embedded in their communities and address issues of inequality and poverty but they don't always have the skills in-house to make the difference they envision. Why shouldn't they access top talent to help them grow and develop? Our opportunities aim to do just that - providing people with professional skills a meaningful way to volunteer. A win-win for everyone!
I am a strong believer in helping people to re-engage into the business world after a career break whilst helping local communities. Volunteering is a great stepping-stone to keep skills and experience relevant and a fantastic enabler of a happy and healthy life. Volunteers often report having a greater sense of purpose and achievement, having an increased sense of belonging and connection in the community.
We need more local people getting involved in more local charities and community groups, so that we’re supporting one another. Simple really! There are loads of local people who can do some amazing stuff with local charities but need the structure and support that Link UP provides. Come on. Get involved and get in touch with us.
Comms & Events (maternity)
I’m excited to be working with the Link UP London team! I’ve been following Link UP since 2019 and I'm thrilled to now be working in the Comms team. I love Community, and have noticed a real shift in togetherness since the pandemic, and the values and ethos of Link UP bringing skilled professional expertise into organisations for the good of the communities they serve completely resonates with me.
Skilled Volunteering Manager
Link UP London's process is centred around community cohesion, connecting traditionally separated sectors (professional and charitable). I believe that separation is counter intuitive to a successful society and naturally forming links can be made stronger through the work of companies like us. It is also wonderful to be at the centre of these fledgling relationships and watching them grow into meaningful connections.
Skilled Volunteering Officer
I am so excited to be working with Link UP London and those they support. I have seen first-hand how much of an impact Skilled Volunteers can have on local services. I believe SGOs are the experts in identifying needs and harbouring positive social change. When I learned about Link UP's mission to cultivate social change and build stronger communities by harnessing professional skills for good, I knew this was a project I wanted to be a part of.
Link UP London is grateful for funding received from the Battersea Power Station Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund to help us build and grow our work.
In June 2018 we were registered as a Community Interest Company.