Employer-supported volunteering

What is it?

Employer-supported volunteering, often called 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 an ESV 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. 

Photo of the Voluntary Norfolk Communities team

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. You will then be able to create a page for your organisation.

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 only.


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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Environment Champions at Great Yarmouth Green Team - GY Civic Society
Organisation role · 1–2 hrs/Week
Great Yarmouth
Environment Champions at Great Yarmouth Green Team - GY Civic Society
Environment Champions will be helping to improve the cleanliness and safety of Great Yarmouth's historic Rows and contributing to civic pride in the town.Posted by Cultural Connections Volunteering
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Volunteers wanted for our brand new EACH shop in Beccles
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 7 Mar
Beccles
Volunteers wanted for our brand new EACH shop in Beccles
Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers wanted for our brand new EACH shop opening in Beccles on Thursday 7th March! Posted by EACH
New
Clearing and preparing the ground for a new community garden
Task · 2–4 hrs
Clearing and preparing the ground for a new community garden
An opportunity to help the community clear a unused and unmanageable site to become an accessible garden for people and wildlife.Posted by Mile Cross Projects and Events Group

Roles suitable for smaller groups and teams

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Environment Champions at Great Yarmouth Green Team - GY Civic Society
Organisation role · 1–2 hrs/Week
Great Yarmouth
Environment Champions at Great Yarmouth Green Team - GY Civic Society
Environment Champions will be helping to improve the cleanliness and safety of Great Yarmouth's historic Rows and contributing to civic pride in the town.Posted by Cultural Connections Volunteering
New
Clearing and preparing the ground for a new community garden
Task · 2–4 hrs
Clearing and preparing the ground for a new community garden
An opportunity to help the community clear a unused and unmanageable site to become an accessible garden for people and wildlife.Posted by Mile Cross Projects and Events Group
Community Network Organiser
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Ely
Community Network Organiser
Do you want to take part in vegan volunteering around your local area?
You can do that – right here at The Vegan Society.
Posted by The Vegan Society

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