This step-by-step guide is for employers who wish to set up an employee volunteering programme without using a broker. The guide is also a useful checklist for community groups and charities who wish to contact employers directly.
You can also find organisations who want groups and employee volunteering in our listing of opportunities.
Improved team working and staff morale?
A team project or one-off team challenge day will work best. Team projects involve longer planning and organisation (for example planning and delivering a major fundraising activity for an organisation). One-off team challenges take place within one day (for example painting a room or tidying up a community garden).
Consider the ideals that are important to your organisation, including what ideals would be important to your customers or service users, and identify the types of organisations that further these ideals.
Different volunteer roles develop different skills and experience. It can be helpful to think about what your employees or colleagues would most benefit from, or have most interest in, before identifying partner organisations. Click the button below to search through our listing of organisation that accommodate groups of volunteers:
You can also search our Volunteer Connect website for volunteer roles in Sheffield that would most closely match your needs.
You can also look in our Volunteer Centre Bulletin. Make a short list of potential partners.
Contact all of your short list to gauge levels of interest and to make the best match. The main question to have in your mind is: will this employee volunteering initiative benefit everyone involved?
Not all community groups and charities have a Volunteer Coordinator and even where there is a Coordinator, this person often works part time and will be pressed, so do not lose heart if they don’t get back to you immediately. Persist! And remember: some groups and charities will be familiar with employee volunteering, others will not be, so you may need to explain what it is.
Once the match is made, clarify:
Keep in close communication with your volunteer-involving partner organisation before, during, and after the volunteering takes place. This ensures that everything runs smoothly and could pave the way for a valuable, long-lasting relationship between the two organisations
Documenting your employee voluntering programme will help you make sure you get what you set out to gain. You can do this through:
Volunteering England has further excellent advice and resources on employee volunteering - see their website for more information.