Home-Start Wandsworth supports families with young children under the age of five. Home visiting volunteers help families with day-to-day challenges, improving confidence and empowering parents to build better lives for their family. They do this by offering impartial, non-judgmental listening, practical support and sharing parenting support information.
“I have really enjoyed the first project through Link UP. Will perfectly matched my skills and interests with an organisation that required assistance. Having been out of the workforce for about a year, the project reminded me of how much I enjoyed using my skills to problem solve and to collaborate with others. Looking forward to similar opportunities in the future!”
Shufan, Link UP Volunteer
Home-Start Wandsworth came to Link UP London looking for support developing out their impact reporting capacity. The team had a clear idea of what reporting wanted to look like, but without advanced excel skills in house, they didn’t have an evaluation framework that worked perfectly for them.
Working with Excel, Link UP Volunteer Shufan began to develop out a reporting template, bespoke for Home-Start’s datasets and reporting needs. Quickly taking on board the project brief and need of the organisation, Shufan quickly put her knowledge and expertise into the project which wrapped up in half the estimated time.
After blasting through the project timeline, Home-Start were left with an Excel reporting template that worked with their existing database information to rapidly transform and analyse information. Shufan’s support will save hours of staff time and make information readily accessible for those that need it.
“Our volunteer was fantastic. She brought a very specialised skills set to a problem we had been struggling with for years, and in the space of 2 weeks created a tool that we can use to better analyse our work and save valuable staff time!”