Introducing The Social Mind
The Social Mind was set up to help people connect with social enterprises and use their skills to help out on projects - without having to leave their jobs.
The idea was born out of frustration of wanting to use my own design and digital skills to help on socially-minded projects but not knowing how to get started. And I still needed to earn a living. So I set out to create opportunities for like-minded people who have expressed the same interest.
The Social Mind: one platform, two purposes
First of all, The Social Mind exists to give people an opportunity to contribute towards making real social change - with the flexibility to work around their day jobs.
At the same time, we’re here to help social enterprises and charities get the help they need with their projects, in fast, professional and cost-effective ways.
Why are people joining The Social Mind?
Many social enterprises and charities are under enormous financial strain. While their budgets are being cut, the need for their services is on the increase. In turn, they struggle to attract and retain the talent they need to complete vitally important projects. Projects that have so many positive impacts on communities and society - here in the UK and around the world.
At The Social Mind, our aim is to help these organisations by matching their needs with the skills of our community. That way, we can contribute to getting projects finished and real change started. And that’s what attracts people to join us.
So how does it work?
It’s pretty straightforward. We find out what skills and experience a social enterprise or charity needs help with, then match them with pool of talented people who are ready to help.
Projects might range from a 1-hour call to discuss an idea, through to helping deliver a report, website or app.
The skill sets required could include graphic design, digital design, writing, coding, strategy, project management, budgeting or planning. But each project comes with it’s own set of needs, so it varies all the time.
What’s in it for me?
Firstly, a whole lot of feel-good factor that comes with using your skills on socially-beneficial projects. But we’re realistic about remuneration, so have created a unique reward system that gives our users a choice in how they’re compensated for their time. We’re busy putting that together, so watch this space!
If you’re interested in using your skills on a project, sign up here.
If you work for a social enterprise or need help with your socially-minded project, sign up here.
Founder of The Social Mind