How to apply

You can apply for the pro bono place if you work for a recognised non-profit organisation, such as a UK charity. You don't need to be a registered charity or formally constituted. There is no need to complete a lengthy form; simply send us a letter on headed paper with the following information:

  • Details of the seminar that you want to attend.
  • A short description of your company's non-profit or charity activities.

You can apply for the pro bono place up to 4 weeks in advance. Contact us by phone or e-mail before you apply, just to check the pro bono seat is still available.

(Note: although we do not charge for the seminar or for the training materials, we do ask for a contribution towards the 2-course lunch and the refreshments and snacks we provide. This is £60 + VAT for a one-day course and £120 + VAT for a 2-day course).

“Congratulations on offering this to the community. It really is a breath of fresh air when business is a little more humane, and this is a marvellous example.”
–Louise Ferguson, OpenRights Group.

Previous pro bono recipients

The following organisations have taken advantage of our pro bono work in the past:

9carrots is a community action which rewards businesses that become more energy efficient.
Arthritis Care
Arthritis Care exists to support people with arthritis and is the UK's largest organisation working with and for all people who have arthritis.
Aptivate is a not-for-profit NGO providing IT services for International Development
Bath Institute for Medical Engineering (BIME)
BIME is a design and development charity in healthcare and disability.
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to research on the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.
Christian Aid
Christian Aid is an agency of the churches in the UK and Ireland striving to end poverty.
Enham provides employment opportunities, vocational training, housing and supported living options for disabled people.
The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)
The ICR research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and methods of treatment of cancer.
Mind work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.
RNID provide information and resources for deaf and hard of hearing people and their family, friends and employers.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
WSPA promotes the concept of animal welfare in regions of the world where there are few, if any, measures to protect animals.
YouthNet is an online charity that guides and supports young people, enabling them to make educated life choices, participate in society and achieve their ambitions.

The business benefits

“The only thing worse than training employees and having them quit, is not training employees and having them stay.”
— William H. Vanderbilt, Railroad magnate.

Our training curriculum

We have over 30 usability training courses that we can run on your company premises. View our list of usability training courses.

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