Employees

Business Volunteering Overview

What can Business Volunteers do?

There are a range of small local groups to large national charities across Northamptonshire which need volunteers.  The Business Volunteering Scheme aims to match employees’ time, skills, and enthusiasm to support their local community with non-profit organisations in need of their help. This can be organised as a Team Challenge, or as individual volunteering, and will give employees the opportunity to learn new skills, to build cross-functional teams and have some fun!  Volunteering as a team can make a real difference to voluntary groups with limited funds and resources. Examples could be:

  • Painting/Decorating
  • Gardening/Landscaping
  • Conservation
  • Day Trip or Christmas/Summer Party

The Business Volunteering Skill Share Scheme matches skills such as marketing, website construction, CV writing, interviewing techniques, finance etc.  Employees from local companies can share their business skills with voluntary groups through one-off tasks.

Benefits

Businesses:  Demonstrates a company’s commitment to playing an active part in the local community and to building a more prosperous, healthy and safe community for all who live and work there:

  • Development of new skills e.g. leadership, project management, teamwork
  • Increased staff morale and motivation
  • Improved staff recruitment and retention
  • Raised profile and recognition of community investment
  • Improved customer and employee loyalty
  • Creation of new business opportunities

Voluntary & Community Organisations: Can make a real difference to Voluntary & Community Organisations by helping them to accomplish tasks which they do not have the resources to achieve i.e.:

  • Cost savings
  • Improved facilities or services
  • Acquiring new business skills
  • Raising local awareness of the work done by voluntary groups
  • Recruitment of regular volunteers and Trustees
  • Building long-term relationships with local companies

Community Action Northants is a LION project - an alliance of Volunteer Centres in Northamptonshire

  • LION
  • Kettering Voluntary Network
  • Nene Valley Community Action
  • Corby Voluntary and Community Services
  • SNVB
  • Volunteer Centre Daventry