The Impact Of Round Table
During late 2021 and early 2022 RTBI commissioned charity consultant and not-for-profit strategist, Ruth Jackson to conduct and author an Impact Study on our behalf. Describing RTBI in the report, Ruth said:
“At times of great hardship, difficulty and trauma, an organisation with loyal, committed and connected members, able to access a range of other diverse resources represents an amazing national asset.”
This research demonstrates:
That RTBI members raised in excess of £3,955,000 in 2021 despite the challenges of COVID.
That during the same year RTBI members donated more than 157,780 hours of their time – which equates to 6,575 days – or 940 weeks – or 18 years.
Using the average national hourly wage of £15.95* this represents a further £2,516,591 of value.
All combined, RTBI members therefore contribute in excess of £6,471,000 to local communities.
The research was both quantitative and qualitative. In addition to the figures detailed above, the report also included 14 stories from individual members (also known as Tablers) describing the impact Round Table has had on them and their lives. Outtakes from those individual stories include the following:
“Through connection, friendship, helping others, working in the community and being part of something bigger, everything is a whole lot better. There is a lesson there for lots of other organisations and institutions. It is in friendship, connection, laughter and understanding and working to help others we build better lives and communities.” (Raz from Lytham)
“We all get to share ideas as well as learn about each other’s different cultures – it is good to remember that we are people first and being social together gives us the impetus to spread that goodwill across the world.” (Matty from Cardiff)
“We all know about the issues around men’s mental health and I know for a fact the difference it has made for several of our members that there is always someone there if you need them.” (Andy from Thornbury)
“Friendship is so important and a chance to build friendships at the same time as help other people is just great, it binds people in the best way. Can’t recommend it enough.” (Andy from Redditch)
“It's not what you think. Contrary to common perceptions, Round Table cannot be characterised as a Boys Drinking Club. Without exception the individual members with whom I spoke were extremely clear about the fundamental and significant impact that being part of the Table had had on their lives. That they are part of a 24/7 community in the real world and digitally via WhatsApp groups, Facebook, etc.”
“At a time of extreme polarisation, when conversations are too often about what divides us and the challenges ahead may be the worst for several generations, it is wonderful to see and hear about an organisation so committed to being human.”