How to Set Up an Employee Volunteering Programme

Practical advice and support on how to set up an employee volunteering programme.

Practical information for employee volunteering

This toolkit offers your business practical advice and support on how to set up an employee volunteering programme.

The benefits of employee volunteering

Employee volunteering, where staff donate time and skills during work hours to tackle social issues, is an effective and powerful way for businesses to invest in their people and communities.

In the UK, many businesses support some form of community initiative – including skills sharing through pro bono support, contributions in kind, matched giving for sponsored fundraising activities and local one-off volunteering events.

This toolkit includes:

  • the type of activities that can be offered to employees
  • who should be involved in setting up an employee volunteering programme
  • tips for making your employee volunteering programme a real success.

More resources

Find out more about the benefits of volunteering in an episode of the Lens podcast, with guest speakers Christine Hodgson, Chairman of Capgemini UK and of The Careers and Enterprise Company, and Daniel Callaghan, Social Media Specialist at Thomson Reuters.

Discover more about the work that BITC is doing to build trust between communities and business in its Place agenda.


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