Employee Volunteering

Many employers engage in corporate social responsibility programmes which enable their staff to volunteer either individually or in a group.  There are many benefits for the individual, the employer and the wider community.

If you are an employer and would like more information on how your employees can get involved in team volunteering challenges, contact vc@hull-cvs.co.uk or telephone 01482 324474.

In August 2012-April 2013, 29% of adults in England said that they had formally volunteered at least once a month in the previous year, and 44% said that they had volunteered at least once in that year. This equates to an estimate of 12.7 million people volunteering in England once a month, and 19.2 million once a year.1 If the survey results are applied to the wider UK population as a whole, this would produce an estimate of 15.2 million people volunteering at least once a month in the UK, and 23.1 million volunteering at least once a year

Source: Cabinet Office (2013) ‘Community Life Survey

Employee volunteering can:

  • enhance the wellbeing and development of employees
  • improve their work skills and enhance transferrable skills
  • maintain or develop community links
  • be an alternative approach to staff development and training
  • increase publicity and reinforce organisational reputation
  • Help attract and retain employees

Lots of businesses allow volunteering leave.  This generally allows staff between one to three days of paid leave per year to make a difference in the community, whilst also developing staff skills and benefiting businesses.

We can help you promote volunteering in your workplace by providing information on how to start volunteering, and its benefits.

If you are looking for volunteering days for groups of your workforce, there are a few ways you can do this:

  • Contact us – we have a list of voluntary sector groups and charities which are looking for some help.
  • If we haven’t got what you’re looking for, you can advertise your offer to charities and community organisations through our website and e-news.
  • You can use the Do-It website to search for organisations looking for groups of volunteers

Typically, you and your teams could be working with:

  • Care centres and community centres
  • Schools and colleges
  • Community gardens
  • Those who are long term unemployed
  • Older people who value a friendly face and your time and interest

Whatever the task it will be for a worthy cause and a good team building day too, please contact us if there is anything we can help with.

A successfully managed employer supported volunteering programme can be a fulfilling experience for everyone. The organisation should benefit from attracting volunteers with the skills, experience and enthusiasm they need but employees and the participating organisation can benefit too. Participating employees can gain new skills and experiences which can often be applicable to their role in the business they work for. – https://knowhownonprofit.org/people/volunteers-and-your-organisation/employer-supported-volunteering

Providence Row share their experience of setting up a company volunteer programme, in order to benefit from skilled volunteers coming from local companies.  For more information: https://knowhownonprofit.org/case-studies/setting-up-a-company-volunteering-programme

National Grid share their experiences of developing an employer supported volunteering programme for their staff which is clearly linked to personal development.  For more information: https://knowhownonprofit.org/case-studies/@@search?search=EMPLOYER+

The benefits of integrating employer supported volunteering into work practices are compelling.  Much more than simply doing good employer supported volunteering provides benefits to the employer and employee at the same time as supporting the wider community.  Here are some things to consider if you plan to start an employer supported volunteering programme from scratch: https://knowhownonprofit.org/how-to/how-to-set-up-employer-supported-volunteering

Investing in Volunteers for Employers (IiVE) is the UK award which recognises commitment to best practice in employer supported volunteering.

General information on volunteering including volunteer centres, volunteer involving organisations, how to guides and forums across England.

NCVO Step on Board – board-level volunteer programme offers an opportunity for your business and employees to engage in societal development.

More about volunteer opportunities and volunteer’s views on their involvement and support.

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Contact us:

Volunteer Centre
Hull CVS
The Strand
75 Beverley Road