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An opportunity to 'give back' to local charities

Last Updated: 05 Jul 2018
We recently held a 'very interesting and informative afternoon' with 'brilliant mentors' at our recent 'Give Back' event for local charities.

We recently welcomed a number of local charities to GCHQ for our annual 'Give Back' event.  

Facilitated by Involve Gloucestershire, representatives from 13 local charities came together for an afternoon of seminars and mentoring. The seminars were aimed at helping the charities on specific topics for which they had requested guidance. Topics included; cyber security (based on the NCSC Small Charities Guide), the use of social media, as well as communications planning.

The seminars were then followed by one-to-one mentoring sessions with GCHQ volunteers who were on hand to help the charities use this information to work through a plan of action going forward. The feedback from the charities has been really positive - 'a real privilege', 'a great chance to meet and build relationships', 'the day was well organised and extremely interesting'. Our volunteers always gain a great deal from 'giving back' too and several of our mentors have built ongoing relationships with their charities.

Thank you to all the charities and volunteers that attended.

Our charity partners this year were:
Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire Young Carers, Hope for tomorrow, Guide Dogs, Cleeve Common Trust, Cotswold RDA, IT Schools Africa, LINC, Naturewatch Foundation, Opening Doors, Beanstalk, Play Gloucestershire, Langley House Trust, Hope Support Services