Employer supported volunteering (ESV) is when volunteering by employees is promoted, encouraged and recognised by an employer. Employees may volunteer either during work time or their own time.
Involve Swindon’s 4 Strands of volunteering
Employees can give their time and develop their skills in four types of volunteering:
- Team challenges - one-off practical tasks like gardening or decorating to improve parks, community centres or school; or organising trips or parties for a charity’s users or undertaking one-off fundraising challenges.
- Providing business expertise - completing a short project for a charity such as writing a business plan or designing a website.
- Helping to manage a local charity or school - as a trustee or school governor.
- Becoming a regular volunteer - from your desk or out and about such as calling an older person weekly to mentoring a young person.
- The benefits of ESV
Employee volunteering provides benefits to the employer, the volunteer and the charity. These include:
- skills development
- team building
- positive staff attitudes and morale (leading to improved staff retention)
- raised company profile
- contribution to the Corporate Social Responsibility agenda
- increased understanding of the wider community and market place.
More details on the benefits of ESV can be found here