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Probono Information for volunteers

The role of a volunteer:

  • Work with potential users to specify projects;
  • Undertake projects, either individually or in teams;
  • Write up and/or present their work wherever appropriate;
  • Mentor junior volunteers who need help  

Requirements to become of volunteer:

  • Member of The OR Society Or,
  • Studying in HE and with Tutor endorsement for the project? Or,
  • Min 1st degree in O.R. related subject? Or,
  • Practitioner with a track record? Or,
  • The OR Society accreditation? Or,
  • Part of the O.R. Community
  • In order to be added to the volunteer database please complete the form below and email it to

    O.R. and the Third Sector (click to download)

    How can O.R. help you?

    O.R. is about finding ways to apply analytical methods to make better decisions.  Third Sector organisations face extremely complex decisions about the direction they should take and how to allocate scarce resources.  These are some of the issues the organisations we’ve worked with have faced:

    • ‘We have lots of different options for the future but it’s impossible to decide which to choose in such uncertain times.’
    •  ‘We’re under huge pressure to do more with less, and we don’t know how we’re going to do it.’
    •  ‘It’s hard to stay objective when we’re faced with such emotionally charged decisions.’
    •  ‘We know we’re doing a good job – but how can we prove it?’

    Without the tools to model different scenarios and understand the consequences of them, it isn't surprising that many organisations tend to rely on gut feelings.
    An O.R. practitioner comes armed with an array of analytical tools plus the skills and experience to identify the critical factors and issues, explore the different options and explain the impact of them in real terms.
    O.R won’t make the decisions for you, but it provides some of the head to your organisation’s heart and, when you combine the two, you are more likely to act in the interests of your organisation and its beneficiaries.

    We have already helped several third sector organisations and are keen to work with many more.
    If you work for a third sector organisation, would like to discuss pro bono support or need more information, please write to  quoting ‘OR in the Third Sector’.

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