Corporate Volunteering.

What is it?

Corporate volunteering, also called Employer-supported volunteering, or ESV, is where organisations provide paid time for their employees to volunteer within their usual working hours.


Organisations may organise group activities for their staff or encourage staff to take on more regular arrangements, spreading their volunteering hours over perhaps half an hour a week.

Aviva staff volunteering on outdoor project

Volunteering gives employees the chance to build connections with their local communities and give back to society while working on issues they feel passionate about. They also gain the opportunity to develop key soft skills in areas such as coaching, leadership and organisational abilities. Further benefits have been found to include:


  • Improved communication
  • Increased confidence
  • Team working
  • Creativity
  • Resilience
  • Gaining an overall sense of fulfilment
  • Benefits to the local community 


Please note that some charities and voluntary groups may charge a fee to provide an activity for your organisation, this is to cover the time and costs involved to be able to deliver you these opportunities.


If you're interested in introducing a corporate volunteering scheme at your workplace, you can find a few tips in this blog post to get you started.

Already offer your employees paid time off to volunteer?

That's great to hear!

Rather than offering all your employees volunteering days together, have you considered introducing volunteering throughout the year, which could amount to just 30 minutes a week for some of your staff?


This option is possible with roles like Befriending volunteer for Age UK Norfolk - helping prevent older people from feeling lonely and isolated by making a simple friendly call once a week. There's a very easy, quick and straightforward recruitment process and it's a very flexible role.


As an employer, with flexible volunteering options you also have the benefit of not losing multiple members of staff from the floor or office for 2 or 3 full days a year. 

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Support from Get InVOLved Norfolk

How we can help

The Get InVOLved platform makes it easier for your employees to find roles and for you as an employer to track their impact via your organisation's main page.


The first step is to register as a company. You will then be able to create a page for your organisation, set impact goals and invite staff to become members allowing you to track their activity.

Once your page is created and approved, you can add teams and individuals. All members of your organisation can search and apply for roles as well as log volunteering hours.


All volunteering activity can be tracked via your organisation's dashboard, making it easier to monitor the impact the teams and the organisation as a whole are having on the local community.


You could also create a private volunteering event, visible to your team and we will also send you recommended opportunities, straight to your dashboard.


If you would like to discuss this, get in touch via the button below.

Norfolk ProHelp

Partnering businesses with charities

Since 2018, Norfolk Community Foundation has worked in partnership with Norfolk ProHelp to build a professional network committed to making a difference in the local community by providing free advice and support to the voluntary and not-for-profit sector.

Roles suitable for corporate volunteers

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Branch Fundraising Member
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Norwich
Branch Fundraising Member
Taking part in RNLI fundraising events and activities throughout the year. Attending meetings and collaborating with volunteers.Posted by RNLI
New
Creating a community garden in Mile Cross
Task · 2–4 hrs
Creating a community garden in Mile Cross
An opportunity to help the community create a garden on a previously unused and unmanageable site for people and wildlife.Posted by Mile Cross Projects and Events Group
New
Volunteer
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Hainford
Volunteer
Volunteers needed for lots of different roles within our charity. If you love greyhounds we would love to have you help us.Posted by Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders

Roles suitable for smaller groups and teams

New
Creating a community garden in Mile Cross
Task · 2–4 hrs
Creating a community garden in Mile Cross
An opportunity to help the community create a garden on a previously unused and unmanageable site for people and wildlife.Posted by Mile Cross Projects and Events Group
Patient Activities Volunteer - Pineheath Ward, Kelling Community Hospital
Organisation role · 1–2 hrs/Week
High Kelling
Patient Activities Volunteer - Pineheath Ward, Kelling Community Hospital
Volunteers are needed to support patients with activities such as quizzes, puzzles, games, music, crafts, simple sports etc.Posted by Voluntary Norfolk - NCH&C Volunteer Service
Retail Volunteer vintage & Retro
Organisation role · 2–34 hrs/Week
Holt
Retail Volunteer vintage & Retro
Retail Volunteer Volunteer to help Sue Ryder to be there when it matters. We are looking for people who love Vintage & Retro and upcycling items to join usPosted by Sue Ryder

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This could be outdoor activities, facilitate a group activity or even lead a workshop.

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