Do Good Networking

Do Good Networking event

A couple of weeks ago I went along to the first Do Good Networking event at the Emmaus Suffolk store in Ipswich.

The Do Good ethos is to help businesses to build connections whilst they give their time working with local charities. Each month a group of professionals will spend a morning rolling up their sleeves and getting hands on at a local charity.

The first event saw us help the Emmaus store in Ipswich clear out their stock room, give it a tidy and rearrange the items so that everything could be easily found by staff and volunteers.

It was a cold, snowy morning, but spirits were high. When we walked into the stock room I wondered how we were going to rearrange the whole room in just one morning – but many hands really do make light work.

Working together was a good icebreaker. I often find networking events intimating – walking into a room of suited people who often know each other can be very daunting – but by mucking in together the atmosphere quickly became one of camaraderie.

After finishing our task, we sat down for some much needed tea and cake. We were also given a card with a question that we each had to answer to explain a bit more about our business.

This was definitely the kind of networking event I prefer. Less pressure and you leave feeling that you’ve made a difference to a local charity.

If you’d like to get involved with a future event, Do Good has a list of upcoming dates on its website. The next one will be at Age UK where participants will be helping to count and sort the hats created as part of the Big Knit campaign.

Photos by Ross Dean Photography