About us

The power of teamwork; behind every great human achievement, there is a team.

A brief History

Engaged Communities C.I.C. is a social enterprise building a cutting edge community technology.

We envisage a portfolio of products, however, our first is GoVolunteering, the next generation volunteering software built on the success of a platform we developed during the pandemic. It had huge success and was used to deliver, at scale, over 6500 volunteers, 300k volunteer hours and over £3m worth of value.

Based on this achievement, we are now developing the next upgrade of that software which will have enhanced features and capability – a technology product to capture the volunteer market.

For Volunteers; An easy to use place to find personalised opportunities and manage their volunteering portfolio

For Volunteer Managers; An end to end experience that allows you to self serve, schedule, manage and retain volunteers. Reduces admin time and improves your volunteer experience.

For Organisations; Centralise your Employee Volunteer Scheme with our customised software that goes beyond the basics

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision – We believe a society’s strength comes from collective community  involvement. We want to see a future where everyone has the tools and opportunities for lifelong participation in volunteering.

Our mission – To develop the No.1 volunteering platform in the UK.

This is underpinned by our values which we live by:

Inclusive

People orientated

World class design & usability

Delivering value

Innovative

Being sustainable

How we work

We are an people organisation. This means a very different way of working that is conducive to rapid decision and learning cycles, dynamic solutions, networked teams and innovation.

Being a people orientated team enables us to be defined by outcomes rather than inputs and actions, leading to better results and social impact.

We recruit, train, develop and motivate talent from diverse backgrounds, to create an agile workforce that can offer solutions for our community, clients and other stakeholders, focused on project management, user experience and technology solutions.

We have created an environment that is safe, inspiring and enables people to achieve their full potential and thrive. Engaged Communities is a living wage employer.

Our mission is to help unleash the potential of every team.

Our Team

The current Board is made up of senior leaders in the commercial and social enterprise space:

David Young - Engaged Communities Board

David Young

Chairman and CEO of
The Una Group

Hannah Harris - Engaged Communities Board

Hannah Harris

CEO of Plymouth Culture

Lindsey Hall

CEO of Real Ideas Organisation

Craig Moore - Engaged Communities Board

Craig Moore

Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

We also have a Board of Advisers:

Darin Halifax - Engaged Communities Board Advisers

Darin Halifax

Head of Policy at Devon CCG

David Sanderson - Engaged Communities Board Advisers

David Sanderson

Rank Foundation

Andrew Dean - Engaged Communities Board Advisers

Andrew Dean

CEO of Well Connected

Executive Team:

Ann Holman - Engaged Communities Executive Team

Ann Holman

CEO

Jen Bernardini

Head of Business Services

Our Executive Team is currently being led by Ann Holman who has managed significant digital projects across complex environments within the utilities, water and local government sectors. A Delivery Lead, Product Lead will follow soon.

Our tech partners are Core Blue who are based in Plymouth. Eventually, our plan is to build an in-house team of UX/UI and developers to drive product development forward in 2024.

Careers

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We try to keep it simple, we are a bunch of people coming to work each day sharing our love for developing great community technology. We intentionally set about building Engaged Communities as a business that we ourselves would want to work for: a vibrant, inspiring, caring, kind and sustainable brand.

We will increasingly be looking for people across a number of diverse roles in 2023 and beyond including developers, UX/UI Designers, sales and marketing, financial as well as community builders.