Now more than ever the voluntary & community sector in Newcastle upon Tyne needs help from local businesses and corporates to overcome the challenges that people in communities are facing.
“Employee Volunteering” is the term we use for this type of activity. There are specialist Employee Volunteering organisations that can support you, such as Volunteering Works.
At Volunteer Centre Newcastle our role, where possible, is to connect corporate offers to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) groups who need skill based or group support.
Once the match has been made, we will leave your company to handle all practicalities for the activity agreed – this will include risk assessment and task agreements.
Benefits of Employee Volunteering
Employee Volunteering demonstrates a company’s commitment to playing an active part in the local community and to building a more prosperous, healthy and safe community for all who live and work there. Benefits to the company include:
- Development of new skills eg leadership, project management, teamwork;
- Increased staff morale and motivation;
- Improved staff recruitment and retention;
- Raised profile and recognition of community investment;
- Improved customer and employee loyalty;
- Creation of new business opportunities.
To VCSE Organisations:
Employee Volunteering can make a real difference to voluntary organisations by helping them achieve things that they do not have the resources to achieve, such as:
- Cost savings;
- Improved facilities or services;
- Acquiring new business skills;
- Raising local awareness of the work done by voluntary groups;
- Recruitment of regular volunteers and Trustees;
- Building long-term relationships with local companies;