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New project connects furloughed staff with volunteering roles

Furlonteer is connecting thousands of furloughed staff members with more than 50 charities and good causes during the coronavirus crisis

A new non-profit project named Furlonteer is giving furloughed staff members in all UK industries the chance to put their leave to good use. Once signed up, these “furlonteers” are matched with roles at charities based on their skills, experience and the amount of time they have available.


According to Furtlonteer seven in ten UK firms have asked staff members to go on temporary leave since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. Now, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which businesses are using to pay their furloughed staff’s wages during the pandemic, has been extended to the end of October, giving workers even more of an opportunity to make their time off count.


In the travel industry, where furlough has been more widespread than most, there are many employees who have decided to use their time to volunteer.


Adam Barton is one such person. A marketing executive for Great Rail Journeys, he signed up with Furlonteer and is now volunteering for the Commonwealth Education Trust until he can return to his job in travel.

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