Mike Monks

Photography - Video - Film



Volunteering is an unselfish activity to promote good or improve human quality of life.


It is considered as serving society through own interest, personal skills or while learning, which in return produces a feeling of self-worth and respect, instead of money. Volunteering is recognized for skill development, to socialize, to have fun, to promote and improve human quality of life. Volunteering takes many forms, and can be performed by anyone within their own set of skills in the areas they wish to work. Volunteers may serve on an ‘as-needed’ basis helping their neighbors’ in a variety of ways for example; clearing snow or cleaning windows. Volunteering is a great way to make contacts for a variety of reasons that include finding paid employment.

An example of how the charity operates follows…

A volunteer claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) looks after a dog for two days and the owner donates a sum of money to the charity.

Money paid into the charity's bank account may be spent by the charity to better enable the the volunteer and new volunteers to undertake voluntary work.

In time and if there is sufficient income into the charity bank account it may be possible to convert a volunteer on JSA into a paid worker of the charity at which time that volunteer would be able to stop claiming JSA.

However if the charity failed to generate sufficient income to pay for a salaried post the charity volunteer/s would continue claiming JSA while looking for gainfully employment.

At any time a volunteer claiming JSA may find gainful employment (with or without the assistance of the charity) at which time they would cease claimng JSA.

The mission of the charity is to help the unemployed claiming state benefits into gainful employment and so help relieve poverty and restore dignity. Those who find employment or create new employment opportunities will benefit financially and spiritually becoming good role models to their families, friends and neighbours. We plan to do this through a growing network of local church based centres and in such a way that people can experience and respond to the love of God.

'Helping the unemployed claiming state benefits into gainful employment'

This charity empowers those who want to stop claiming benefits by finding or creating gainful employment in the first instance by actively seeking voluntary work from and for their neighbours. These neighbours may choose to make a financial donation to the charity and any donations would be used to support the volunteers in practical ways. Volunteers may continue to claim state benefits until they have found or established gainful employment at which time they may stop claiming benefits. By achieving sustainable gainful employment the vices and associated financial demands linked with unemployment may be reduced. The volunteers and those finding employment will gain self-esteem with the opportunity to contribute positively both socially and financially within society. The work of the charity and its volunteers is based on the Christian principle ‘Love God and love your neighbours as you wish to be loved your self.’ We pray that a growth in Christian values will result from volunteers interacting with their neighbours within diverse communities first locally and then nationally.

About Mike Monks

Mike Monks worked at BBC Television Centre, London and BBC’s Ealing Film Studios. His Worldwide location and studio work covers a broad spectrum of programmes for many clients. His charity is ‘The Fair Work Fair Pay Foundation’.


Mike's photography chronicles impressionable scenes in the style of real life reportage in three catergories, Nature, Man Made, People.

Mike's Video DVD’s include ‘Discover Pastel Painting with Graham Oliver’, ‘Salisbury Cathedral’s The Way of the Cross 2010’ and ‘Memories of Salisbury’.

Fair Work Fair Pay

Mike's charity, a foundation that addresses the problem of unemployment that results in the need for the unemployed to claim state benefits.

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