Astriid is a UK registered charity (No. 1176645) providing a “matchmaking service” between job-hunters who have life-challenging, chronic health issues and organisations willing to give these enthusiastic and skilful people a chance in the workplace. Their system is part “search” with keywords entered into a database system and partly “human instinct” on the part of the capable Astriid staff, understanding what is required (of GMA) and who best to fill the roles.
Many of these Astriid job-hunters are willing to volunteer pro bono for NGOs like MapAid, while others preferring to work for fee-paying organisations. Since initiation, MapAid has taken on two longer-term job-hunters turned volunteers and one paid job-hunter on a short-term basis. These include a lawyer, a business person, and a statistician, all of whom have added great value to the projects they have been involved in.