Do-it upgraded to allow volunteering opportunities to be shared through social media

The redeveloped site of the online volunteering platform went live last week and can now be viewed more easily from mobile and tablet devices


The online volunteering platform Do-it has been upgraded to allow people to share volunteering opportunities through social media.

A spokesman for the Do-it Trust told Third Sector that the new website platform would allow users to share information about volunteering opportunities and their own volunteering activities among their social networks on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Users will also be able to login using their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The new site, which went live last week, can be viewed more easily than before on mobile and tablet devices.

The redeveloped site has been created in an open-source format, which will allow third-party websites to carry volunteering opportunities advertised through Do-it more easily, the spokesman said.  

The new website allows charities to upload their volunteering opportunities directly to the site, which could free up more time for local volunteer centres that currently enter volunteering opportunities on the site, the spokesman said.

Do-it is in the process of producing a micro-volunteering app with the support of volunteers from Barclays, the spokesman said.

The website relaunch comes just over a year after ownership of the Do-it platform was transferred from the youth charity YouthNet to the Red Trust, the charity behind the volunteering social networking site The Red Trust renamed as the Do-it Trust in July.

Jamie Ward-Smith, chief executive of the Do-it Trust, said in a statement: "We believe the new Do-it can harness and amplify that social sharing, increasing the number of people volunteering for organisations and inspiring more people to organise their own ways to do good with others."

Do-it has also published a piece of research on volunteering to coincide with the website relaunch. It found that 21 per cent of adults who use social media would share information on recent volunteering or charitable donations through social media. The survey was based on responses from 1,053 adults.

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