Volunteering is one of the most powerful ways businesses can support communities across Wales. Over the last few years over 2,000 employees from over 100 different organisations volunteered over 20,000 hours of their time, energy, experience and expertise through Business in the Community, helping more than 200,000 beneficiaries across the nation.
In addition to personal and professional skills development, volunteering can also have a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health. Volunteering can decrease risks of depression, stimulate the release of dopamine in the brain (the same hormone released after energetic exercise), increase healthy brain activity and reduce stress levels.
Sign up for an Action Day!
In May 2018 (21 - 25), businesses of all sizes and sectors will be taking part in Action Days coordinated and managed by Business in the Community across Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Wrexham and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Building on the experiences and information gathered through our series of Community Conversation events, BITC Cymru will be helping to bring the power and potential of employee volunteering to support local priorities.
|BITC Cymru is delighted to have the support of the Welsh Government for the 2018 Action Days. This year's support builds on the unwavering commitment to employee volunteering that BITC Cymru has received over the last few years.|
Our Action Days will build on the success of previous large-scale volunteering days held in Wales and coordinated by BITC. The Action Days will help employers to give and gain, through employee volunteering, all year round. The focus on specific places in Wales will mean that together with our partners, sponsors, employers and stakeholders, BITC Cymru will be able to truly harness the power and potential of employee volunteering, maximise mutual benefit for all and ultimately, help people make a positive difference.
To find out more about the BITC Cymru Action Days taking place between 21 and 25 May, contact our volunteering team at email@example.com.
How do you want to volunteer?
Our employee volunteering opportunities are focussed on several key themes including education, engaging young people, tackling unemployment and enterprise/employability skills.
BITC Cymru works with your business directly to develop a structured programme tailored, appropriate to your business needs and priorities. Some of the employee volunteering opportunities available through BITC Cymru include:
Literacy and numeracy partnerships in primary schools
Enterprise Days - bringing business skills and experiences into the classroom - in primary schools
Team challenges focussing on practical, DIY-based projects in and with local communities
Skills-based team days focussing on issues including employability, healthy eating, interview skills and event management
How can your business benefit?
Volunteering is a fantastic way to engage employees, create opportunities for them to develop skills, all whilst developing an insight into the local community and having a positive impact.
These are just some of the ways employee volunteering could benefit your business:
Opportunities for staff to develop skills in areas such as decision-making, project management, communication skills and team building (81% of participants in volunteering last year said they developed skills)
Boosts motivation, engagement, loyalty and company pride (66% of participants said their perception of their employer improved and 69% said they felt more committed to their organisation)
Demonstrating your commitment to working and connecting with local communities (76% of participants said they felt more connected to local communities)