employee volunteering

Hersham hound Feb22

Salesforce help walk the retired dogs at Hersham Hounds

Salesforce volunteer on a regular basis at Hersham Hounds walking the dogs to help socialise them and prepare them for their forever homes as part of their amazing continuous Corporate Social Responsibility. Hersham Hounds are a charity who rely totally on donations to promote careful and responsible rehoming of Greyhounds
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Employee, Business, Community

We have over 20 years experience in matching corporate volunteering activities with local not-for-profit groups. In 2021 we facilitated the employee volunteering of 530 local business volunteers with North Surrey charities. Lockdowns and social distancing were not a barrier to 63 team events and Christmas saw a bumper year of Angel Tree Gift donations by local business employees to vulnerable members of our community. More than 1,300 gifts and monetary donations of £25K have supported 23 charities and their beneficiaries.

So, why is corporate volunteering good for business? Raising your profile and building customer confidence is key to business success. Encouraging your employees to volunteer has been shown to build a positive company-consumer relationship. 88% of consumers said they were more likely to spend money for a company that supports and engages in activities to improve their community.

Recruiting and retaining excellent employees is another reason for engaging with communities. Creating a better work-life balance is becoming increasingly important for employees. By facilitating a workplace culture where your employees are encouraged to support their causes by volunteering, builds a stronger more productive and connected team. Tackling a real issue and providing a solution is a morale boost for volunteers and creates pride in their socially responsible company.

Why do you need us to help you? We have a unique insight into the charitable sector of North Surrey, with strong connections to charities and voluntary groups and a good understanding of what they need and who is best placed to help them. Many of our community and voluntary sector organisations have little or no budget and will really value your enthusiastic volunteers. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, gardening or helping at a children’s party, using your skills or learning new ones - VSNS will find a project that fulfils the passions of your employees, and enables you to do something truly rewarding as a team.

We are already putting challenges in place for 2022 and looking forward to a busy, exciting year of employee volunteering in North Surrey. Our services are at no cost for you or the charity.

Contact tj@voluntarysupport.org.uk to discuss how we can help you connect.

Paxmead - Monday 1

Menzies prepares the Paxmead Riverbase for summer childrens activities

Children have not been able to enjoy the river based activities at Paxmead for the last 18 months.  Two hard working teams from Menzies chopped, cut back, gardened and moved the campfire circle to help get the site ready for the summer activities on the river.  Gill was delighted with all their hard work which has enabled them to get the base looking in great shape and ready for action fo the children.
Penrose club

Enterprise Rent a Car Egham painting at the Penrose Club

A fantastic team from Enterprise Rent a Car Egham did a great painting job of the railings and fences at the Penrose Club House in the blazing sunshine.  Marilyn the club co leader was delighted with the refreshed exterior and praised the team members who took time out to give back to the local community
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Compass Group Chertsey donate Rucksacks to Just a Helping Hand

Compass Group who are one of the UK’s top catering, hospitality, and business support providers, based in Chertsey, have been helping the local homeless with the donation of rucksacks.

Megan at Just a Helping Hand told us

“To have this amazing donation of rucksacks is honestly just incredible, and we are truly grateful.

We have many distributors who issue rucksacks to those who need them most. One such group is women who are released from prison. Many of these women being released are homeless and some come from domestic abuse situations.  We take this into account when filling these rucksacks.

Can you imagine the feelings of these women when they open their rucksack and find such lovely things as a wash bag filled with deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, nail file, and lip balm.  But there is much more – including a pack of new socks and underwear, a flask (with refill information for free at local outlets), hat, scarf and gloves, meal vouchers, and a small Bible.

Such an act of kindness makes such a difference to them from both a practical and an emotional point of view.  It has been said to us that such generosity from a stranger provides a real sense of being cared for and thought about.  This can ease anxiety, provide hope, help with depression and even remove thoughts of suicide”

 

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