The Golden Jubilee Trust is our flagship volunteering programme. As a registered charity, it was set up in 2000 to celebrate the Partnership’s Golden Jubilee. The Trust has two main aims:
- To give Partners the opportunity to work for a charity of their choice while continuing to receive full pay and benefits.
- To give UK registered charities access to skilled Partners for free, supporting them with practical help
In 2017/18, over 21,000* hours were awarded to over 40 charities. Since 2000, over 800 charities have been awarded 333,000 hours of our Partners’ time.
This year, we partnered with Samaritans, for the first time , on 20 GJT secondments, beginning in Spring 2018, which will focus on sharing our knowledge and experience with the charity’s retail arm to improve the charity’s retail proposition.
The Partnership has a longstanding relationship with Samaritans through Partner Support mental health services, but this is the first time that the GJT has offered a combined set of secondments with a national reach and the level of interest from Partners was unprecedented.
We spoke to Partners and charities about their experience of the Golden Jubilee Trust programme. Partners specifically reported a positive impact on their ability to adapt to challenging and new situations. Charities reported that, a year after the secondment was completed, the volunteer's contribution resulted in a really positive impact for the community.