Network Morning February 2019
Employee volunteering network brings together businesses and charities
OVER SEVENTY local charities and community groups met at Intel’s Swindon HQ to promote the positive benefits that businesses get back from staff taking time out to volunteer.
The Swindon-based employee volunteering network, Involve Swindon held a networking event this week to which over seventy local charities and community groups attended.
The event was hosted by Intel Corporation whose staff helped make the event run smoothly.
Attendees also enjoyed a lunch provided by the Sandwich People with the sponsorship of Zurich Community Trust.
Shirley Ludford, from Swindon 105.5 gave a lively and informative talk on working with the media, commenting, “Swindon has a very strong and diverse range of community organisations delivering essential services, who benefit greatly from professional or corporate support or advice, which often they can’t afford to buy in. I was delighted to to be invited to be involved with this initiative and encourage Businesses to explore the two-way benefits of involvement with the community sector”. Other workshops included strategic direction, social media and writing funding applications run by Zurich Community Trust and Given London. Feedback from organisations attending certainly showed the success of the day. Maggie Gill, from Swindon Samaritans described it as “another terrific Involve session – lots of thanks to all the team for helping all of us continue to make a positive difference in our community”.
The event also highlighted the achievements of Involve over recent years. Pam Webb, Head of Zurich Community Trust and Chair of Involve Swindon said “In the last 5 years an average of over 5200 hours volunteering have been undertaken by almost a thousand volunteers annually, last year helping 67 organisations”. Organisations have benefited from a wide range of volunteering projects from gardens created, rooms decorated, gardening projects and environmental clear ups to business planning, IT support to recruitment of trustees.
Sue Dunmore, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Centre Swindon, that administers Involve Swindon explains the benefits of Employee volunteering “It can develop skills such as communication, leadership, teamwork and project management, along with improving confidence while at the same time making a real difference to local charities”.