Simply Connect was born from a Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) – Voluntary Action Sheffield. CVS exist to support and capacity build their local voluntary and community sector, and to act as the voice of representation, particularly for the smaller grassroots organisations who can sometimes struggle to be heard.
In 2008 we spotted an opportunity to support the sector through effective use of digital. Many organisations were struggling to provide monitoring and impact reporting for the local authority and NHS contracts they were delivering. We developed a digital solution (then called VC Connect) to support the sector in the delivery and reporting of these contracts to track their work, evidence their outcomes and provide impact data to funders.
The VC Connect business quickly grew, from supporting a handful of large voluntary sector organisations to supporting over 70 organisations in the first three years. Since then we have launched innovative volunteering and social prescribing platforms, working across the UK with a range of partners.
Today over 250,000 people use Simply Connect digital services to deliver volunteering and social prescribing services, and to support and strengthen local communities.
+ 50 years combined experience
Established in 2008, we have grown to become an established and reputable software provider. Our team has worked within the voluntary sector for more than 50 years’ combined and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the work that we do.
Working with partners from NHS, public sector, and the voluntary sector since 2008, we have a strong track record of supporting cross-sector partnerships and currently deliver on 50 LA volunteering contracts with our community partners.
+ Our community partners
Our vision is to connect people and communities. We do this by working with a UK-wide network of community partners, ranging from grassroots organisations supporting hard to reach communities to national and international charities.
Currently we have over 100,000 voluntary organisations using our services nationally, and more than 56,000 registered volunteers ready to help support their local community.