Volunteer management software that WORKS
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Rolf and Chris first started building community driven apps in 2007 for Manchester City Council. Chris already delivered sports coaching for MCC and had a good understanding of the importance of volunteering, but also the problems with traditional volunteer management.
Manchester Volunteer Sports Bureau (VSB) was the first incarnation of what was to become VolunteerKinetic and went live in 2007 in support of the Youth Sports Trust Young Event Volunteer Project. Launched with little fanfare, the service was originally designed to recruit 300 volunteers over a three year period. After three months VSB had recruited 2000 Volunteers in the Greater Manchester area.
From inception, we held some core principals about how we wanted our website to work.
Within the next year, our software evolved into VolunteerKinetic, quickly spreading across the UK and beyond. With the likes of Cardiff City Council, several Boroughs in London and Anglesey, and others as far afield as Dubai!
During this period we focused our efforts on creating a system that would be flexible and rapidly available for each of our new customers. We are still doing that today. Our customer base expanded and we started to see the first realised potential of sharing information, opportunities and volunteers across different organisations. Volunteers get a wider choice and organisations get a wider impact.
As our customer base expanded, we realised the potential our systems had in changing the face of volunteer management. By sharing opportunities from different organisations through one system volunteers have greater choice and access to opportunities.
From early 2015 we started to integrate our stand alone ClubKinetic application into our core application, so managers could access and manage their regions clubs from the same interface. Volunteers were now able to see clubs in their area that might also need help and non-volunteers could search and find clubs offering activities they are interested in.
In 2016 we also integrated a new module called AccessKinetic that provides badge printing and access control for events powered by volunteers. Being integrated means managers can quickly import existing volunteers and their profile information to event roles and get their badges printed straight from the application. Its also flexible enough to allow registration of entities like team members, managers and media.
To reflect the combination of multiple community building facilities in the one place we created TeamKinetic.
Whilst TeamKinetic developed each of the individual applications, we realised the potential benefits of integrating VolunteerKinetic, ClubKinetic and AccessKinetic into a suite. This allowed managers to their regions clubs from the same interface as they would to manage their volunteers.
Volunteers were now able to see clubs in their area that might also need help, whilst non-volunteers could search and find clubs offering activities matching their interests.
By integrating AccessKinetic it meant managers were able to print badge and access control for events using their volunteer workforce, team members, managers and media all from one easy to use interface – TeamKinetic.
Having developed our software to be one of the most technologically advanced and innovative available to the market, TeamKinetic strives to continue this progress.
As the needs of volunteer and volunteer dependent organisation evolves, we plan to run in parallel. We will continue striving to improve the user experience for all those who use our system as we help support the growth of communities.