volunteer schemes

Voluteering England

Website Helps SMEs Support Volunteers

National development agency Volunteering England has launched a website to encourage more small-business owners to create employer supported volunteer (ESV) schemes. Volunteering England liaises with local volunteering agencies to offer employees opportunities such as reading to school children, preparing and delivering meals to housebound people, and running yoga sessions at local hospitals. The website contains tips for small businesses on how to set up an ESV scheme, along with a beginners’ guide to employer supported volunteering, case studies and links to local agencies that offer volunteering opportunities. According to research from Volunteering England, 14 % of SMEs are currently involved in ESV schemes, compared to 20 % of companies with more than 250 employees. “Volun... »