Businesses and the public sector are becoming increasingly interested in how their own employees can become involved in volunteering. Many and varied programmes are being set up to assist employees to volunteer, whether during work hours or in their own time. This is called employer supported volunteering(ESV).
Involve Swindon is Swindon’s ESV partnership project. It is a network of companies, statutory bodies and voluntary organisations that, together, encourage employees to give their time and develop their skills through volunteering in the local community.
So far in 2012, Involve Swindon has found employee volunteers for more than 21 different charity, community and school projects ranging from decorating classrooms to clearing community gardens or areas of wasteland to helping run CV writing and interview skills sessions. Recent projects in the Swindon area include:
- making over the garden at Toothill Farmhouse
- painting numerous classrooms and corridors for various schools
- helping the Mechanics Trust with a recent office move
- clearing hundreds of metres of canal towpaths
- supporting the MS Therapy Centre with marketing consultancy.
Involve Swindon is keen to hear from any charities, schools, community organisations or other non-profits who think they may have a project that could benefit from the support of employee volunteers. Have a look at the case studies on our website http://www.involveswindon.co.uk for examples of completed projects. Typically projects should be able to be completed in a day, have a fun element to them as well as a tangible benefit to the community.
If you think you would like to get involved with Involve Swindon, e-mail Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 420 557.