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Employee volunteering

An increasing proportion of Britain's 22 million volunteers are supported by their employer, either in work time or outside of work hours. This is known as employee volunteering.

Employee volunteering is a three-way partnership between the employer, employee and the receiver of the volunteers (e.g. a community group, school, hospital, local football team). For each party there are clear benefits in getting involved.

Benefits for the employer:

  • Demonstrates commitment to building healthy communities
  • Develops skills and morale in the workforce
  • Improves image and can help reinforce brand loyalty.

Benefits for the employee:

  • Offers the satisfaction of ‘giving back’ to society
  • Develops new skills and enhances existing ones
  • Is fun and can offer a welcome break from the daily work routine!

Benefits for the volunteer-involving organisation and the community:

  • Increases the supply of volunteers with valuable new skills and energies
  • Builds important partnerships with business and the public sector
  • Helps to break down barriers between different sections of society.

What next?
Whether your organisation is from the local public, private, voluntary or community sectors: find out more about employee volunteering by contacting one of our Volunteer Centres or visiting Volunteering England.

 

Tove Wetland Volunteers

WE were delighted to receive the following report of this volunteering success story which took place last week!

Earlier this year, our volunteer brokerage service was called into action to find a team volunteering activity for employees from GE Intelligent Platforms in Towcester. We were able to link them with Tove Wetland Pocket Park, a new environmental group which was looking for a team of enthusiastic volunteers, with a successful result! If you are a local employer or a community group  interested in finding out more about employer supported volunteering contact Nicola on 01327 358264.

GE Volunteers do an Excellent Job

Managers and staff from the GE Intelligent Platforms offices in Towcester offered their services to help in the creation of the Tove Wetland Pocket Park project. One aim of the project is to create and improve habitats for amphibians by creating new ponds in the park, with the Froglife charity providing the knowledge and guidance of how best to do this. Another is to manage the vegetation in a way to improve the biodiversity of the area which included removing over 20 self sown Willow trees that soak up much of the water from existing ponds.

A team of 11 GE employees came along on Thursday 31st October and got to work. In just a few hours, they managed to dig test holes to discover the make-up of the soils, cut down and remove all of the problem Willow trees, and even managed to dig a new pond. Both James McAdie of Froglife, and Nick Holder from the Tove Wetland Pocket Park committee, were amazed at the amount of work the GE team managed to complete, much more than was expected.

"The volunteers just got on with it, and didn't stop. Their work and effort was tireless despite some very hard (and occasionally boring) work being performed, and all done without complaint. The enthusiasm was excellent too" said Nick. "I cannot thank them enough for the work they have done, and I hope they all enjoyed it".

 
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