They inspired us to think outside the box - and we inspired them to volunteer

We were thrilled when innovation agency Happen volunteered to hold an inspirational Away Day for the TimeBank team. They certainly stimulated our thinking - and we were delighted to hear that we'd motivated them to volunteer. So we invited them to write a guest blog about the Day: 

Last month we had the fantastic opportunity to do some pro bono work for our dear friends at TimeBank – the inspirational volunteering charity which runs a diverse range of projects designed to tackle complex social issues and which encourages businesses to get their employees volunteering. 

The staff at TimeBank volunteer; their trustees volunteer; and we were delighted to volunteer our services to design and run their team Away Day, using our skills as an innovation agency to help them connect and learn, share ideas, and think of new ways to generate more opportunities for them as a charity, including idea generation around future projects for TimeBank.

As a busy innovation agency it is really satisfying to be able to work on pro bono projects that give organisations such as Time Bank a valuable chance to help make a difference.  

Happen designs creative and collaborative approaches for a wide range of companies who want to solve businesses challenges in an inspiring and actionable way. We use our range of insight and ideation techniques to open up new possibilities for our clients. So it was a real pleasure to host TimeBank at our Hub and guide them through a day of sharing, learning, consolidating, team building, concept writing, and celebrating the great work that they do.  It was amazing to see such enthusiasm from the team and a real joy to see everyone connecting so positively; given their offices in London, Birmingham and Scotland, it’s not often that they all come together as a team.

The true inspiration for us came from recognising how passionate the whole TimeBank team are about the work that they do.  They live and breathe volunteering and it was a real honour working with them to come up with future project ideas, which could really change people’s lives. The buzz around the hub by the end of the day was very motivating and we were delighted to hear such positive feedback from the team and trustees.

They’ve inspired us to want to volunteer more, and having heard us wax lyrical about our experience of working with this amazing organisation, we’ve even managed to get a few friends of Happen signed up as Timebank mentors.

Huge thanks to TimeBank for this great opportunity to work together!