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Claire House Children’s Hospice launches Volunteer App

Claire House Children’s Hospice has launched its first ever Volunteer App, which has been designed to bring new and existing volunteers closer to the charity by giving them exciting volunteer opportunities, video messages and key information to assist the user on their volunteer journey.

Over the past year, Claire House has seen its volunteer base increase by almost 40% and, with the charity hoping to open a second site in the summer, Claire House has more demand for volunteers than ever before.

The app will play a key part in the recruitment and engagement of volunteers going forward. The key functionalities of the App allow the user to understand more about the charity from the Claire House TV page, search for events via a calendar format, register for fundraising events, express an interest in regular volunteer opportunities and see if they’ve made the cut in the Claire House photo gallery.

On top of this, the app will send push notifications to the volunteers including video messages from staff and volunteers which will include promotion of volunteer opportunities and messages of thanks.

Amy Brown, Volunteer Development Manager at Claire House said: “I’m very excited to launch our Volunteer App . The team at Claire House has worked really hard with our volunteers to ensure the app is relevant, includes key information our volunteers want to know, and that the format is easily accessible for all. Nowadays so many of our volunteers spend so much time on their smartphones, to have an app that will sit alongside their Facebook and Twitter is incredible.

“We will be able to communicate with our volunteers direct to the palm of their hands. For me, this is a vital tool for the future of volunteering. As we continue to grow, we need to have the tools to be able to communicate to a large volunteer base in the most cost effective way.”

The app was developed by Cheshire based digital agency Brandigital who specialise in helping brands with their digital transformation.

Martyn Gill, Director, added: “The app will allow Claire House to seamlessly connect, interact and engage with volunteers in a way the charity hasn’t done before. We believe this could really change the way volunteers and indeed staff at the charity communicate, making the app and its functionality the mobile communication tool of choice, which will positively impact crucial volunteering objectives.”

The App is free to download and is compatible with IPhone and Samsung smart phones and tablets.

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