Employer Supported Volunteering explained

Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV), sometimes known as corporate volunteering, is where employees can enjoy paid time off – usually during working hours – to volunteer and support local charities. It’s a win-win for everyone, as we explain here…

The benefits for employers

  • It helps motivate staff and build morale as well as increase loyalty and retention
  • It raises your organisation’s profile
  • It can enhance your recruitment process as it’s an additional benefit to potential employees
  • It builds awareness of skills and provides professional development opportunities
  • It contributes towards your corporate responsibility or environmental, social and governance strategy
  • It can increase communication and understanding among teams

The benefits for staff

  • They can develop skills and make friends
  • They can find purpose and fulfilment
  • They can contribute to many different causes
  • They can strengthen their connection with Kent communities

The benefits to volunteer-involving groups

  • They can benefit from the work of energetic volunteers and their specialised skills
  • They can gain diverse perspectives on community issues
  • They can expand their support networks
  • They can increase volunteer capacity and help more people in more ways

Some examples of ESV opportunities include ‘micro volunteering’ tasks such as giving a careers talk in a school, hosting an interview skills workshop, or taking part in a team event such as a litter pick or a fundraising challenge. ESV also provides longer-term opportunities, which often have more value to both the individual and volunteer-involving organisations. These may involve the staff member offering their professional skills. For example, a finance professional may give advice to a charity on budgeting, or an IT professional may advise on cyber-security measures. It is also possible for employees to use their skills as charity trustees or school governors.

Just some of the opportunities in Kent…

Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care PartnershipMental healthResponsible for adult mental health care in the whole of Kent and Medway.
Leonard Cheshire ParkDisability / illnessSupporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as possible.
Forever Hounds TrustAnimal welfareDedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of unwanted, abused or abandoned greyhounds and lurchers.
Kent Air Ambulance Trust Emergency servicesDedicated to saving lives and providing cutting-edge, pre-hospital critical care.
RSPBWildlife / conservationHelping to restore, protect and care for the places our wildlife calls home.
RSPCAAnimal welfareSpecialising in animal rescue and furthering the welfare cause for all animals. 
MS Society South East KentDisability / illnessFunding world-leading research and sharing the latest information to stop MS.
Holding On Letting GoChildrenSupporting bereaved children before and after a bereavement in Kent.
Solving Kids CancerChildren / illnessStriving for better outcomes for children and families affected by childhood cancer, particularly neuroblastoma.
Dover FoodbankCommunity / povertyPart of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Epilepsy ActionDisability / illnessCommitted to supporting a better life for everyone affected by epilepsy.
Leukaemia CareDisability / illnessDedicated to ensuring that anyone affected by a leukaemia diagnosis receives the best information, advice, treatment and support.
Lion AidAnimal welfare / conservationSupporting lion research activities in Africa.
Macmillan Cancer SupportDisability / illnessSupporting people living with cancer.
Medical Detection DogsDisability / illnessTraining dogs to support people with life-threatening health conditions.
Re-engageCommunity / elderlyEnabling older people to make new friends and break out of the cycle of social isolation and loneliness.
South Kent MindDisability / illnessA local mental health charity supporting anyone with mental health problems.
The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial MuseumHeritageA museum commemorating the brave men and women who served in defence of our country through displays of the aircraft and objects they used and the telling of their stories.
West Kent MindDisability / illnessA local mental health charity supporting anyone with mental health problems.
PorchlightCommunity / homelessnessKent’s largest charity for homeless and vulnerable people, supporting individuals who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to.
ellenorDisability/illnessA specialist palliative care provider for adults and children in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley.
East Kent MindDisability/illnessA local mental health charity supporting anyone with mental health problems.
Medaille TrustCommunityProvides refuge and freedom to victims of modern slavery, supporting them as they rebuild their lives.
Motor Neurone Disease AssociationDisability / illnessGiving people facing MND vital support and improved care, and seeking a cure for MND.
National Childbirth TrustCommunity / childrenSupport individuals’ unique experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
Martha Trust Kent & East SussexDisability / illnessProviding inclusive, lifelong care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities.
Marie CurieDisability / illnessSupporting anyone with an illness they’re likely to die from, and those close to them.
GirlguidingCommunity / childrenHelping girls aged 4-18 to build their confidence, grow, learn and have fun.
Glaucoma UKDisability / illnessProviding care, funding research and raising awareness to save sight.
Hope for TomorrowDisability / illnessProviding mobile cancer care units for NHS trusts across England to allow them to treat cancer patients closer to where they live.
Hospice in the WealdDisability / illnessProviding care completely free of charge to adults and children with a terminal or life-threatening illness and their loved ones in Kent.
Guide DogsDisability / illnessHelping people with sight loss live the life they choose.
Methodist Housing AssociationCommunity / elderlyThe UK’s largest charity care provider, offering high-quality residential, dementia and nursing care homes, retirement accommodation and community activities.
Maidstone Borough CouncilCommunityProviding services and support to residents in the borough of Maidstone.
Big Tidy Up Campaign Community / conservationKeep Britain Tidy is an environmental charity that works to inspire, educate and enable everyone to value the environment on their doorstep. 
BatterseaAnimal welfareHelping every dog and cat in need.
LivabilityDisability / illnessCommitted to enabling people with disabilities to live the life they want to lead.
Canterbury Oast TrustDisability / illnessSupporting people with learning disabilities in Kent and East Sussex.
OXFAM Kent & South EastPovertyA global community of people who believe in a kinder, and radically better world, where everyone has the power to thrive not just survive.