Posted: 23 January 2017

Our employee volunteering opportunities

One of the exciting elements of my role as Volunteering Development Officer is working to engage organisations and their employees in supporting our work through volunteering.

Our approach

More and more, companies are seeing the value of offering their employees the opportunity to volunteer some of their working hours to help charitable causes. Over the last six months, developing bespoke opportunities for our corporate partners and their employees has been a key part of my role.

Our approach is to welcome all that our supporters can bring, and to create engaging experiences where individuals are able to contribute their time, skills and experience to ensure we are there for vulnerable children and young people in their time of need.

Two volunteers

Our volunteers

Volunteers are rooted in our heritage and without them we couldn’t achieve all that we do for the most vulnerable children and young people in our country.

Our front-line practitioners focus on supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised of groups. This includes children who go missing and are at risk of sexual exploitation, those living in poverty, young refugees, and increasingly young people who experience mental health difficulties.

Additionally our policy and campaigning work contributes to changes in legislation and practices that impact the lives of millions of other young people, who we cannot reach directly.

None of this would be possible without the support we receive from volunteers at all levels and right across our organisation – from mentors and befrienders to young people, local fundraisers and our Board of Trustees.

Our Safeguard UK volunteers

On the 10 December 2016, one such group of volunteers did something amazing for us. They raised £333.60 in a day - an amount which will be doubled after matched funding from their employer.

Four staff members from Safeguard UK, part of the Swinton group in Leeds, volunteered to talk about our work to members of the public and collect donations at their local Morrison’s store. Swinton, who are one of our corporate partners, offer their staff one paid volunteering day each year to make a difference in the communities in which they work.

Volunteers at Morrisons

Volunteers collecting donations at their local Morrisons

Customers were in high spirits as Christmas approached, and were very generous on the day. 

‘I was actually amazed by the amount of people who came to us and were more than happy to pop in some change … the fact that they see the name ‘The Children’s Society’ and donate at their own will, is excellent.’ – Firas khan, Safeguard UK group member

There were kind words for us here too. Nicola Waite, Senior Team Manager at Safeguard who organised the event on behalf of her team, said:

‘… you have supported us volunteering every step of the way through your initial ideas, giving us the go ahead for the collection, right through to providing resources for the day itself. You have replied to emails promptly and been continually enthusiastic and helpful…”

Thank you

We continue to work alongside Swinton and other employers to facilitate opportunities for their staff to get involved in a range of activities that make an impact on our work with vulnerable young people, so that we can protect them and transform their lives.

A huge thank you from all of us here for all your efforts and enthusiasm in supporting our work.

Get involved

To find out more about volunteering through your employer, please contact our Volunteering team.

If you are a company or an organisation wanting to support our work generally, please contact Kiera Auty.

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