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  • 1. Espace Benevolat brief for MAKE/TIME +U Mobile VolunteeringEspace Benevolat is the primary French aggregate volunteering charity that links people interested involunteering with volunteering opportunities in their area. Benevolat have a database of more than 4600 volunteering opportunities all over Franceuploaded by 1200 different charitable partners. In 2008, more than 22, 000 connections were madebetween volunteers and charitable organisations.BACKGROUNDEspace Benevolat was set up in 2003 by Isabelle Persoz. “As new technologies were emerging, Irecognised a need to create an online space to facilitate volunteering, seeing as France wasn’t particularlyengaged with volunteering”, says Isabelle.There are a breadth of volunteer opportunities on the site including teaching, mentoring, translation,first aid, fundraising and literacy. A popular charity amongst busy Parisians is La Mie de Pain, ahomeless centre where volunteers can help out with early morning breakfast shifts or dinners to fitaround their working day. Another popular one for creative volunteers is VSArts, a charity thatorganises concerts and artist workshops in children’s hospitals, care homes or youth centres indisadvantaged communities.Espace Benevolat also has a sister site for young people called Jeune et Benevole, aimed at 14-25 yearolds. They realised that 34% of their visitors were young people, however some organisations didn’taccept young people as volunteers. Jeune et Benevole connects young people with relevantopportunities, allowing them to develop their skills, make connections, feel useful and do good. This sitenow has 2800 volunteer opportunities.THE BRIEFIsabelle Persoz, founder, and Aurelia Picard, in charge of the website, would like to use the +U code todevelop a mobile volunteering app for Espace Benevolat and Jeune et Benevole.Within this, Espace Benevolat have 2 different things they’d love help with…1. Build a mobile volunteering app for Espace Benevolat and Jeune & Benevole Create a mobile app where people can search for volunteering opportunities by interest, location and age (if people are under 25, they will be shown opportunities from the Jeune et Benevole database). Develop a special feature that flags up time-specific volunteer opportunities, i.e. that take place on a specific date or that need to happen quickly (as shown on EB’s homepage – ‘missions urgentes’)2. Develop creative tools to communicate to Espace Benevolat’s users about the mobile app Find ways to get users (and non-users) excited about the app through social media, newsletter, website
  • 2. What we have to work withVisual assetsDatabase of volunteer opportunities