EMPLOYER SUPPORTED VOLUNTEERING

WHAT IS EMPLOYER SUPPORTED VOLUNTEERING?

Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV), where employers provide their employees paid time off to volunteer, is growing in popularity across the country.

BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS

We recently surveyed dozens of Gloucestershire-based employers, 50% of whom have a formal or informal scheme. They told us the benefits for them included:

Helping to improve employees’ wellbeing/job satisfaction

Supporting their employees Continuing Professional Development

Being able to strengthen connections and give back to the local community

Supporting the goals of their corporate social responsibility strategy

BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES

As we have described on our volunteers’ page, there are multiple benefits to people (and therefore your employees!) when they get involved in volunteering. Employees who have volunteered through an ESV scheme also told us…

ESV IN PRACTICE

Through ESV, employees can get involved with lots of exciting projects that will utilise their wide variety and depth of incredible skills and experience, with examples from social media to accountancy and marketing, and practical skills like decorating. There are so many organisations, charities and community groups in our county who would really value this array of skills and experience.



Here’s a case study from NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group telling us more about their Employer Supported Volunteering Scheme, where they allow their employees up to two days paid leave to volunteer each year:

CASE STUDY

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

So, you can see, it’s great for employers to support their employees to volunteer, and it’s great for their employees to get involved too

HOW CAN GO VOLUNTEER GLOS HELP EMPLOYERS?

We are aiming to develop this page over the coming months with many more resources to support employers, so please do keep checking back in to see how things shape up. In the meantime:

If you would like to support us to further develop this Go Volunteer Glos employer’s page and/or are interested in starting or progressing your own ESV scheme, then please tell us by completing this simple form

Please see our best practice guide to ESV schemes describing what makes a good experience for those with an ESV scheme or wishing to improve an existing formal or informal scheme

You may also be interested in the report from our survey of Gloucestershire-based employers

Finally, please encourage your employees to visit our volunteers’ page to find the right volunteering opportunity for them. Perhaps, as their employer, you could provide some paid time-off to enable your employees to volunteer, as well as them volunteering in their own time?