Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) is about employers encouraging their employees to make a difference in the local community through voluntary action.This can encompass a whole range of activities suited to the skills and interests of the employees and linked to the aims of the charity or organisation being supported. It might involve practical projects like building a footpath, planting trees or decorating a building. It could be individual work, such as joining a management committee, or offering pro-bono professional support to an organisation.
ESV for Employers
Employer Supported Volunteering has become popular over the past decade as employers have begun to see the benefits that it provides for them and their employees.
ESV is a great way to help your employees learn new skills, grow in confidence and gain new contacts within the local community. It also benefits your organisation by helping to raise you profile and connect with the local community.
There are a number of benefits to the employer, amongst them:
- Team building
- Improved morale
- Skills development
- Raised company profile
- Greater connection with the local community
Over half of employers involved in ESV use brokerage services to help them to identify volunteering opportunities and community partners. Volunteer Centres Lincolnshire offer brokerage service to local employers who would like to involve their staff in community volunteering.
ESV for Volunteer-Involving Organisations
Employees are able to bring a different volunteering experience to your organisation. Their professional skills and knowledge could bring some fresh impetus to a project, or just extra pairs of hands to get a practical task completed. They may help to raise the profile of your group or develop a long-term commitment to the cause you are passionate about.