Employer Supported Volunteering
Employer Supported Volunteering is when an organisation provides the opportunity for their employees to get involved in volunteering projects within work time through individual employee opportunities or as a group.
Whether you are looking to introduce employer supported volunteering into your organisation for the first time, or are looking for a way to make the most of your employees volunteering days, we can help.
Skill Givers is an employer supported volunteering project delivered in partnership with Macc and Salford CVS, working with organisations across both Manchester and Salford. The project links businesses with local voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises, who support their community to get active.
The Skill Givers project enables employees of businesses involved, to donate their valuable skills and experience through individual short-term volunteering opportunities, helping to build the capacity and sustainability of these local groups. By getting involved, volunteers will also have the opportunity to improve their own wellbeing, along with developing their skills and confidence.
Skill Givers is funded by Sport England’s Opportunity Fund, which aims to encourage people to volunteer to help tackle challenges their communities face. The project will specifically prioritise the 8 most deprived areas of Manchester and East Salford.
Manchester City Council and Manchester Heath and Care Commission Partnerships
We provide a volunteer portal to Manchester City Council and Manchester Health and Care Commissioning which helps their employees, who get 3 days volunteer leave each year, find to organisations who need support with specific skill based activities. This might be those ‘wish list’ tasks that never seem to get done such as web development, social media support, information systems management, bid writing or anything that needs dedicated skills or time that voluntary and community organisations might not have at their fingertips.
If your organisation could benefit from involving short term volunteers from Manchester City Council or Manchester Health and Care Commissioning then don't hesitate to get in touch with the volunteer centre on 0161 830 4770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employee Team Volunteering
Team volunteering is often difficult and costly for a charity to facilitate, especially small community groups. Organisations can feel under pressure to accommodate groups of employee volunteers in the hope of establishing potential longer-term support from businesses but struggle to respond to accommodate large groups of people often looking for a team building experience.
What we advise, for organisations that want to make a lasting impact, is building a relationship with a not for profit organisation and finding out what is most useful for them, this could be using your employer supported volunteer hours to plan a fundraiser or an event for an organisation for example.
With this in mind, Volunteer Centre Manchester doesn't directly facilitate any team volunteering directly but to help you to make those connections with voluntary sector organisations we can send information you give us to organisations in our network and ask them to contact you directly - you can see an example of a previous mail out here.
If you would like us to send an e-mail out on your behalf then please fill out this form.
Here you can find a guide to writing a challenge that suits employer supported volunteering schemes and that will target the skills and energy within businesses looking to share their time as well as a guide to uploading your short term employer supported volunteering opportunity so it will also appear on the MCC and MHCC platform.