Professional Superheroes: Suffolk ProHelp Celebrates Twenty Years Support Suffolk’s Voluntary and Community Groups

Set up in 2001, Suffolk ProHelp is a countywide network of businesses providing professional and strategic support free of charge to voluntary and community groups in Suffolk. Part of Community Action Suffolk and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Suffolk ProHelp’s strong network of businesses includes accounts, architects, solicitors, surveyors, engineers, marketing, HR experts and business specialists.

Over the last two decades Suffolk ProHelp has distributed more than £1.2million worth of expertise in kind. Businesses undertake one off, specific and time limited projects such as support with leases, feasibility studies, marketing plans, accountancy or VAT advice, surveys for refurbishments or rebuilds, HR and business advice. 

Angela Lee-Foster, Suffolk ProHelp Manager said: “I like to think of the network as Professional Superheroes piloting in to help an organization solve an issue or move forward in some way. In the current situation, we really want to help community organisations bounce back stronger. We’ve had several new firms join us as we’ve all realized how much we can support the community through this pandemic.

Businesses get involved with us because making a difference to communities is an intrinsic part of responsible business. It enhances a firm’s reputation, creates opportunities for staff development and network, but most of all it has an ethical dimension. Last year we conducted a business impact survey which demonstrated this.”

As well as this business to organization support, Suffolk ProHelp has delivered ‘learning lunches’ as another way to share expertise. With COVID-19 these became webinars but more recently they have launched a new podcast.

“On our podcast you will find us in conversation with professionals and the organisations they have helped, as well as talking episodes where we ask the experts to share their expertise on a key theme.”

For more information about Suffolk ProHelp visit: suffolkprohelp.org.uk 

Podcast at https://anchor.fm/suffolkprohelp

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