Employer Supported Volunteering
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, Skill Givers can help.
Why get involved?
Skill Givers is a funded project so there is no cost to your organisation to get involved.
The project aims to make it as easy as possible for employees to use their volunteering days and by getting involved, volunteers will have the opportunity to improve their own wellbeing, along with developing their skills and confidence.
Depending on what you have in place already Skill Givers can become your employer supported volunteering platform or support an existing policy and provide an alternative option.
The project tries to make the most of the employer supported volunteering on offer by providing opportunities for individual employees to use both their professional and personal skills to complete a task, often over one day, that will really make a lasting difference to a group, helping them to improve their offer and their sustainability within the community. This allows for a wider reach with your employer supported volunteering and for easier planning. Rather than a whole team being away on a particular day, individual volunteering allows for better planning throughout the organisation and less disruption.
Skill Givers has a purpose built online volunteering system to make finding opportunities as easy as possible. The project is delivered in partnership with two experienced organisations and will develop to take on board feedback from both employers and groups involved.
What are the benefits to getting involved?
Benefits to your business and your employees
Skill Givers gives employees the opportunity to build their skills whilst making a positive contribution to the community. Employer supported volunteering has been shown to:
increase employee engagement
improve employee morale
improve employee skills
improve confidence and communication.
Support the community
All of the opportunities are supporting voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises who deliver in the 1% most deprived areas of Salford and Manchester to build their capacity, increase what they can offer and get more people involved!
Getting involved in the Skill Givers increases the reach of your support and our online system will allow you to record, measure and evidence that support. As the project offers individual employee opportunities your business will be able to support a range of worthy causes.
What we offer
The Skill Givers project wants to create a service that is effective and makes it as easy as possible for employers to provide opportunities for their employees to use their valuable skills to support the community. As a registered employer you will receive:
- Access to a purpose built online system with a range of short-term volunteering or micro-volunteering opportunities for your employees to get involved in - many of which can be completed in one day.
- Support to engage employees in the project.
- A reporting feature so you can track your employees volunteering hours.
- The opportunity to share the support your organisation has provided in a range of ways.
- The benefit of expertise in this sector.
Who are the groups that you will support?
The groups involved in the project are local voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises, who support their community to get active and deliver services in the 1% most deprived areas of Manchester and Salford. We carry out all reasonable checks to ensure that the groups that opportunities are from are charities or not-for-profit organisations with a social aim that fits the aims of the Skill Givers project. For more information about the project and it’s aims please see the About Us section of the website.