Volunteering platform Do-it to be moved to social enterprise

The Do-it Trust is working with the technology firm Vivo to creat Vivo Life

The government-backed volunteering platform Do-it will be moved to a newly created social enterprise, it has been announced.

The Do-it Trust, the charity that has been running the platform since 2013, said it was working with the technology firm Vivo to create Vivo Life, which will incorporate the digital services run by Vivo and Do-it.

The new body will be run as a B corps, a for-profit company that meets certified standards in social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

A spokesman for the two organisations said that the Do-it Trust had been working towards becoming a "sustainable enterprise" since 2013 because its government grant was time-limited.

The partnership with Vivo would provide a high-quality service that reached more people, he said.

All three Do-it staff will transfer to Vivo Life, the spokesman said.

He said there would be no change to the existing Do-it service, and this would remain the case when it was upgraded to a new platform.

The spokesman said the Do-it Trust would remain a charity and would monitor Vivo Life through its seat on the social enterprise’s board, although the trust might become a charitable foundation in the long term.

Vivo also plans to endow the Do-it Trust as its corporate foundation to help further support the charity sector.

Jamie Ward-Smith, a former chief executive of Do-it, will become a trustee of the Do-it Trust to allow him to become the non-executive chair of Vivo Life.

Pat Samuel, chair of the Do-it Trust, said: "I’m really excited by the potential of the new joint social enterprise we are embarking on in partnership with Vivo. It will take Do-it.org to the next level in terms of the service provided and the impact we can generate through supporting people to volunteer.

"It secures the long-term future of the platform and will give access to new technology that will result in a better service for volunteers, recruiters and other social enterprises."

George Grima, chief executive of Vivo, said: "I’m incredibly proud that the Do-it Trust has chosen to partner with us so we can work together and, with Vivo’s digital tools and reach, ensure that Do-it.org becomes the most successful volunteering platform in the world."

Karl Wilding, director of public policy and volunteering at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said he hoped the new owners would take the volunteering community and its needs into account when making any changes to the system.

"We want it to be easy for volunteers and charities to get together," he said. "Websites such as Do-it help to achieve that, so it’s important it is as successful as possible.

"We are keen to hear from charities with any concerns about the transfer and how it might affect them in order to ensure those concerns are heard."

In 2013, a software program used by volunteer centres to upload volunteering opportunities to Do-it was abandoned by some centres because of technical problems.

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