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 etc). 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
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.