MILTON KEYNES – 21st July 2020 – Whilst Covid-19 has show that there has never been a clearer need for a strong and capable “third sector” looking to support people at their most vulnerable, many charities and non-profits find themselves in a uniquely challenging situation. Those charities find themselves being committed to far more space than they need, as more service users and clients are seen using digital methods, and with more staff working from home.
It’s What’s Next IT – a unique local business: an IT support company that happens to be a social enterprise – is offering a “turnkey” scheme that enables charities with more space than they need to repurpose desks at “hot-desks” that can be used for outside professionals to come in and use.
“There are many professional people now who find themselves working from home, or who are setting up as self-employed solo operators, who miss being in the office, or need get ‘headspace’ away from the home environment,” said Matthew Reynolds, founder of It’s What’s Next IT.
“This scheme provides a win-win”, he continued, “allowing charities and non-profits to repurpose their space in a safe, inexpensive way, renting out unused capacity to local professionals and small businesses.”
The scheme works by enabling a charity to identify the space to be used, and It’s What’s Next IT undertakes a physical and information security audit, helps organise insurance and adaptation of existing policies to allow co-working that’s safe for everyone involved, along with providing the technical infrastructure needed to safely rent out hot-desking space.
Charities can rent out hot-desks on a pay-as-you-go basis, or sell membership packs. The scheme operates using a website and app – the app being used to check-in and check-out attendance in the building to support the organisation with Covid-19 track and trace obligations. Meeting rooms can also be offered by-the-hour using the online platform.
The online platform includes integrated “Covid secure” training – space cannot be booked out unless the outside person has been through the training and passed a short test.
It’s What’s Next IT’s social mission is to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds, in particular those overlooked by employers such as care leavers, ex-services personnel, etc, to build careers in IT, the overarching concept to blend commercial and third-sector organisations to help each group learn from the other. It is uniquely placed to operate a scheme like this, having a strong understanding of both the needs and remit of charities and non-profits, and of the technical challenges of delivering safe and secure hot-desking space.
You can learn more about this scheme at https://www.iwn-it.com/charity-work-spaces/.
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