London businesses urged to volunteer on Give & Gain Day
- Skilled volunteers are a vital resource for community organisations hit by cuts yet just 15% of employees say that their employer gives them time off to volunteer
- Employees swap the office, factory and store to volunteer in their communities
The charity Business in the Community is urging more employers in London to give their staff paid time to volunteer in the community, following the publication of research* suggesting that just 15% of employees say that their employer gives them time off to volunteer.
Thousands of employees from businesses across the UK are being urged to sign up to Give & Gain Day, the world’s only day of employee volunteering. Business in the Community encourages businesses and their employees to spend a working day helping good causes in their local community. Now in its eighth year, 30,000 people are expected to take part globally and volunteer in their community on 15 May 2015.
Businesses across London contain legions of skilled, experienced and energetic employees who are all potential volunteers. By getting unprecedented numbers of people out volunteering on one day, Business in the Community aims to highlight the genuine appetite amongst business to help communities prosper and encourage many more businesses to get involved in volunteering all year round.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said “Give & Gain Day is an opportunity for businesses, community organisations and schools to celebrate what can be achieved through the power of volunteers. Employee volunteering is a win-win, the experience builds skills and motivates employees, whilst helping meet community needs. We encourage businesses in London to get involved and play their part in building a fairer society and more sustainable future.”
Sponsored by Waitrose and in association with BT, Business in the Community’s Give & Gain Day 2015 is dedicated to getting thousands of employees out of the office, store or factory to volunteer in their local communities. By making volunteering fun, accessible and inspirational we want to make it something that all businesses give their staff an opportunity to do in work time.
Tina Varns, Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Manager, Waitrose comments, “Volunteering is such an important part of what we do – each of our shops supports its staff to volunteer for local good causes, and by 2017 our Partners will have volunteered for 11,000 full working weeks, all while being fully paid.
“Over 1000 of our Partners were involved in Give and Gain Day last year. Our branches all reported it was such a rewarding event, supporting the health and wellbeing of our local communities. We’re really looking forward to being involved again this year. Volunteering is a key way in which businesses such as ours can help make a real and visible difference to the communities in which we operate.”
Companies that want to get involved with Give & Gain Day on 15 May 2015 should visit http://www.bitc.org.uk/programmes/give-gain-day