Community is an important word for us. It forms part of our values and it is essential part of our vision, so it seems right that we have built a staff volunteering programme with ‘community’ in its title.
We recognise and value employee volunteering and the difference our people can make in the communities in which we live and work, and giving back to the community is a win for you too.
Several our kind-hearted colleagues volunteered their time to support the National Youth Theatre (NYT) in the UK earlier this year.
Colin Hodkinson (pictured top right) said: “Helping the NYT was a great pleasure and I took a lot from the experience. I felt I could make a difference by simply offering my time and my effort to a greater cause. Working these students was a stark reminder of what terrible things can happen to people and how simple and effective a little bit of effort can make. This experience has motivated myself to complete more volunteering outside of Campus Living Villages.”
Campus Living Villages supports the National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up programme which moves young people from being NEET, to being accepted into a Higher Education course in theatre arts. But to get them back into education they need to complete a personal statement and submit it to UCAS.
They have invited us to help these young people work on their statements on 29-30 November and 1 December 2017. Staff who carried this out last year said it gave them a real boost.
We need some volunteers to help these young people in London on these dates to help them with their UCAS personal statements. It’s all about them, so you don’t need to have any advanced writing skills, you may have not even completed a UCAS statement yourself.
It’s been proven that being involved in charitable work improves your overall mental wellbeing, as well as contributes to your personal development. Additionally, you can list your participation in our Community Spirit programme as evidence as living the values in your next performance review.
We recognise the important benefits that employee volunteering brings in terms of the development of skills that can be brought back to the workplace, and in increasing colleague morale.
Everyone who works for us is entitled to take two days (or sixteen hours) a year out of their daily work lives to contribute to society. This is a benefit we offer to our staff and is in addition to annual leave allowance.
How it works
It’s all about choice and trust. Find something you are passionate about and make a difference to the community we work and live in.
Simple really – you can either choose to be part of one of our Volunteer days or find your own.
How to take part
You can submit your request to volunteer using this SharePoint form, which will be sent to your manager for approval.
We are looking for volunteers
Want to use your volunteering allowance and have a deep influence on someone’s future?
Email Alex.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a chat on you might get the most from this programme, and you can keep up to date with the latest opportunities using this SharePoint list.