Established in 1988 by author and speaker Rob Parsons, Care for the Family is a national charity that aims to promote strong family life and help those who face family difficulties. The charity has more than 100 staff across the UK.

With more than 100 employees, Care for the Family is one of the UK’s key charities promoting strong family life and helping those suffering from family breakdowns. Founded by best-selling author and speaker Rob Parsons, the charity is committed to strengthening family life and helping those who face family difficulties. Care for the Family was one of the first charity Huddle users in the UK. Its family-building events have been attended by over 300,000 people and many more have been helped through special initiatives - including stepfamilies, bereaved parents and those parenting alone. Staff across four UK offices and community representatives in Greater Manchester and the Isle of Man are using Huddle to work on projects together and exchange research and statistics. With Huddle, Care for the Family’s employees can instantly create a network of collaborative team workspaces, each time bringing together the right team for the right project. Care for the Family benefits from a free Huddle service, which is available to all registered charities. The senior management team is already taking advantage of Huddle’s document sharing tools to distribute teams’ quarterly reporting on best practice. They also collaborate to create a survey template for use at the Care for the Family seminars. In addition, Huddle is used to facilitate training and plan workshops. “Charities cannot afford to ignore Web 2.0. It solves many of our common problems: the constant need for keeping costs low, improving communication between staff in various locations and bringing volunteers together,” said Jon Mason, Executive Development Officer, Care for the Family. “There are many collaboration applications available on the web, so proper evaluation is a must. We couldn’t fault Huddle – it offers a special package for charities which is completely free and offiers all necessary training and customer support.” Care for the Family has already discovered some of the biggest benefits of Huddle – eliminating the ‘email storm’. Traditionally exchanging up to 100 emails a day between various members of the team, the charity stopped sending any emails that involve ‘action’. All documents that require review or approval are now posted online in the charity’s Huddle. Those responsible for action are tasked with review deadlines. Additionally, online editing means the staff can work from any computer, PC or Mac, not worrying about downloading and converting files.

In the future, Care for the Family is hoping to use Huddle to collaborate with similar interest groups in New Zealand and South Africa.

About Huddle

Huddle provides next-generation content collaboration for government & enterprise. Its patent-pending intelligent technology ensures relevant content is delivered directly to Huddle users, with no need to search. Business units of any size work more efficiently by huddling together within an online secure cloud service accessed via web browsers, desktop or mobile devices. Co-headquartered in London and San Francisco and with offices in New York City, Huddle’s customers include 80 percent of Fortune 500 and 80 percent of UK government departments, as well as companies such as Kia Motors, Driscolls, the BBC and PwC. The company is privately held and backed by venture capital firms DAG Ventures, Eden Ventures, Matrix Partners and Jafco Ventures. More information can be found at www.huddle.com

“There are many collaboration applications available on the web, so proper evaluation is a must. We couldn’t fault Huddle – it offers a special package for charities,all necessary training and customer support.”
Jon Mason,
Executive Development Officer

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