Web design and development services are expensive and out of reach for small charities and non-profit organisations, pro-bono work is a great way to use your skills for a good cause.

For those just starting out in their careers pro bono work is a great way to gain experience and build a portfolio of professional work, and even veterans of the web industry will have something to gain from working on smaller projects for something other than money.

But just because you’re working for free doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat the project with all the professionalism you would a paid job, and all the caution too. That means agreeing a contract, setting realistic expectations and┬ábeing prepared to say no.

So, pick a (preferably) local organisation, roll up your sleeves and use a few of your spare hours to help those in need. Here are a few links to help get you started