ProHelp is the UK’s only multi-sector professional firms’ network providing free professional advice and guidance to community and voluntary organisations, not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises.
Being a member of ProHelp gives your company opportunities to meet with and work alongside other professionals in a non-competitive environment while benefiting your local communities.
Member companies are affiliated to a local ProHelp Group - four run in the East of England: Peterborough, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk. Companies commit to undertake one-off projects supporting the voluntary sector with professional advice and guidance. The amount of pro bono time given is entirely down to each individual company’s decision. Projects are assigned to an appropriate company based on the request received and the availability of resource.
Each ProHelp Groups has a chairperson and a manager responsible for identifying and vetting suitable opportunities, and the Group meet regularly to respond to requests for help from community organisations and to develop future strategies and objectives.
Professional companies undertake assignments with the guiding principles that ProHelp members give their company's time free of charge, projects should be one-off, and are treated no differently than an instruction from a fee-paying client.
Each ProHelp Group has a ‘pot of hours’ available to provide a one-stop resource for the voluntary sector to access free professional skills and expertise in a range of services.
ProHelp is not a grant-giving organisation. Support provided by ProHelp professionals is given solely through the goodwill of the member companies and their staff on a voluntary basis (they receive no payment for their work) and as such, they will set a limit on the amount of time that they can offer to any one project.
Members of ProHelp are more likely to spread their pro bono work between different projects for different organisations rather than work with just one organisation on a large time consuming piece of work.
Community groups requesting support from ProHelp have to satisfy certain eligibility criteria, which restricts the service to those who:
have a track record of working within the local community
are locally constituted
are unable to pay for professional services
The individual ProHelp Groups meet regularly to respond to requests for help from the voluntary sector. Each local ProHelp Group has a chairperson and a manager responsible for identifying and vetting suitable opportunities and developing future strategies and objectives.
Professional companies undertake projects with the guiding principle that ProHelp members give their company's time free of charge, assignments should be a one-off project and will be treated no differently to an instruction from a fee-paying client.