Barts Guild today provides very practical help to patients and hospital services, running a general and souvenir shop at the centre of the hospital, operating a ward trolley service and making gifts, from microwave ovens to medical equipment. The Guild received a welcome contribution from the WCIT Charity towards its centenary and welcomed the WCIT Master to the Guild’s centenary concert back in October 2012.
This year the Guild requested further help in reviewing and assessing its use of technology, particularly in managing membership records and communications with both members and volunteers. A short pro bono consultancy assignment was undertaken by the Pro Bono & Projects Panel. This was able to identify a need to review and simplify membership databases and develop improved communication channels using social media as well as email. The review also highlighted a need to clarify and develop the Guild’s strategy to deliver on its aim to increase membership and further develop fundraising activities. The resulting report gives Barts Guild a springboard on which to build for the future.
The Company’s involvement with Barts Guild continues through Liveryman Dr Elizabeth Sparrow, who was recently elected as a trustee at the charity.