Case study: The CoRe programme

As part of our focus on the London Borough of Islington and support of the BIG Alliance (Businesses for Islington Giving), we collaborate with our client Macquarie and the Cripplegate Foundation on the CoRe (Community Resourcing) programme. The initiative puts volunteers into local Islington charities to provide strategic support and help them become more sustainable.

Each year, around 30 volunteers from Slaughter and May and Macquarie are put into small teams and matched with up to eight charities. Over a six month period, the volunteers tackle a variety of challenges that the charities are facing. Examples of projects delivered include a marketing strategy, stakeholder event, business plan and a framework for public contract bidding.

Participant charities report that the CoRe programme:

  • significantly contributes to organisational development
  • enables them to progress important issues that would not otherwise have been possible over the period
  • gives them access to a pool of volunteers with skills that are not always available in the charity sector and a valuable perspective on complex issues

It is not just a one way street.  The volunteers report that the initiative helps to develop their work-related skills and increases their confidence of working with people from different sectors.

"The volunteers brought a huge reservoir of expertise, the weight of their background and resources to tap into. Excellent for us!"

Representative from Help on Your Doorstep, a charity from the 2015 programme

"Having Slaughter and May on board makes a significant impact. The volunteers gain so much from working across sectors and the partnership has proved a great success. We’re thrilled it continues to go from strength to strength."

Rachel Engel, Associate Director, Macquarie Group Foundation