Employer Supporter Volunteering (ESV) gives employees an opportunity to volunteer during working hours and is a way for businesses to give something back to the community and meet social responsibilities. It is a great way for busy people to volunteer.
Businesses can use an Employer Supported Volunteering programme to encourage and enable their staff to take part in volunteering opportunities during work time. Typically, businesses who have an active scheme will allow individual employees time away from their work duties to volunteer in the community for a set number of days or hours, per year.
Barnsley CVS are happy to support both employees and employers to source a Barnsley based community project which needs help with additional volunteering.
There are many different types of activities you can do as part of Employer Supported Volunteering, including:
- One-off projects like a community clean-up or marshalling at a show/fair
- Becoming a trustee of an organisation
- Litter picks at sites of environmental interest
- Providing support and advice to a group in your area of specialism such as marketing, business planning, accountancy
- Gardening at community projects
- Painting and/or decorating new charity start-ups
- And many more unique and diverse activities within the community.
The benefits include:
- Staff developing skills such as communication, leadership, project management, listening and negotiating skills, confidence and learning how to be innovative and creative.
- Professional skills development.
- Getting the team to work together more effectively.
- Raising the profile of the company by making a visible impact in the local community
- Evidence also demonstrates that Employer Supported Volunteering contributes to good mental wellbeing in the work place, improves employee loyalty and increases staff morale, which in turn increases worker retention
Benefits Employer Supported Volunteering can provide a charity or community group:
- Very useful for one off projects that need additional support
- Staff developing within the charity via the interaction with a different type of volunteer - skills such as communication, leadership and learning how to be innovative and creative
- Raising the profile of the charity with businesses and other professional groups
- Recruitment of long term volunteers
If you are a community group, charity or project based in Barnsley that would like some support through the scheme, please do get in touch to discuss your needs.