Are Suffolk’s Employees Being Encouraged to Volunteer?

A multi-sector event is set to raise the question about whether business leaders are doing enough to encourage their staff to volunteer.

Thursday 17th May sees businesses and charities coming together at Adastral Park in Martlesham, to focus on the topic of Employer Supported Volunteering.

Led by Community Action Suffolk, the Suffolk Volunteer Conference will feature presentations from BT’s director of Strategic Research and Innovation, Lisa Perkins, and from Rebecca White, founder of Your Own Place.

Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) initiatives are slowly being considered by more firms, in a bid to help companies embed themselves in the community more successfully, at the same time as helping with staff wellbeing.

Paul White, head of volunteering for Community Action Suffolk, said: “This event is a great opportunity for both businesses and charities to share experiences around volunteering, and to look at how structured volunteering programmes can work in practice.

“We want delegates to be able to hear more about businesses which have successfully introduced ESV programmes, and aid other companies to form relationships with charities and social enterprises in their neighbourhood.”

He added: “Different forms of volunteering attract different types of volunteers, with innovative approaches such as ‘time-banking’ challenging the traditional conception of volunteering and successfully reaching out to new groups in the population.

“A lot of CAS’s work is raising awareness of and valuing the many different ways to volunteer or give ones time to benefit others.”

The event will also feature a number of workshops during the day, and will give detailed insight from Community Action Suffolk about how businesses should go about starting an ESV programme from scratch. Legal guidance will also be presented from Prettys solicitors.


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Deborah Watson is an award winning journalist and PR professional whose career has been spent storytelling about the people, the passion and the personalities behind businesses and causes. She's the founder of Lexia Media Ltd (a boutique PR consultancy), the creator of EA-Today, and of Charity Hub East. Deborah actively encourages contact from those seeking PR support, media relations strategy, CSR partnership planning, and communication consultancy. She is a director on the board of Home-Start in Suffolk.