Email to your employer

About this email template

If you work full time, you may need to get permission from your employer to run a Design Club. Please use this email template as a starting point. Copy the text and edit it to suit your needs and situation.

For further info, have a look at our article on getting permission from your employer.

Email template

Subject = After school Design Club

Hi [name]

I've come across a great social enterprise called Design Club which helps designers and other industry professionals run design thinking workshops for children.

I'd like to volunteer to run an after school Design Club at [name of school] from [start date]. Would you support me by allowing me to leave work at [time] on [day] for [X] weeks?

Here are some reasons why [name of company] might want to support this initiative:

1. Volunteering can be a great way for us as a company to give something back and invest in our local community.

2. Running a Design Club will help me apply design thinking in practice as well as enable me to develop other skills in leadership, public speaking, collaboration, coaching and mentoring.

3. Association with Design Club and support of a local club will show that [name of company] is a strong advocate of design thinking - this will help us attract high calibre UX, service and product designers who appreciate and understand design thinking's importance.

4. By helping inspire the next generation of design thinkers, [name of company] will be helping ensure that we have plenty of homegrown talent to fill digital/ design vacancies in the next 5 - 10 years. I'm really excited about this opportunity and hope it's something you'll be able to support. Please let me know if you're open to discussing further. Many thanks. [Name]