• Looking for Charity in the Midlands to support Corporate Volunteering Event

    Hi all,

    I was wondering if you or your businesses have any experience with charities within the Midlands area who have supported with corporate volunteering events? We are looking into an afternoon for 100+ employees to support local communities; for example outdoor based activities such as developing community gardens, parks, woodlands etc.

    Any ideas or contacts would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks
    Laura
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  • Hi all,

    I was wondering if you or your businesses have any experience with charities within the Midlands area who have supported with corporate volunteering events? We are looking into an afternoon for 100+ employees to support local communities; for example outdoor based activities such as developing community gardens, parks, woodlands etc.

    Any ideas or contacts would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks
    Laura


  • Hi @Laura Albrecht

    Thanks for posting this question! Volunteering is something I’m really passionate about and volunteer with our local homeless charity

    It’s great to see your business wanting to encourage employees to volunteer. Benefacto say that around 11 million people in the UK are given paid time off to volunteer, constituting around two billion pounds worth of support to deserving charities.

    In terms of charities in your local area here are a few suggestions of organisations to approach:

    FareShare West Midlands redistributes surplus food to 151 organisations across West Midlands that work with people in need, from families on low income and older people at risk of isolation to those affected by homelessness and mental health issues.

    Birmingham Mind welcomes any offers of corporate support, this could range from fundraising to helping with decorating and gardening across our different services.

    Autism West Midlands, is the leading charity in the West Midlands for people with autism.


    My colleague @Charlotte Horobin also recommended The Princes Trust and Gro Organic https://www.gro-organic.co.uk/


    It would be fantastic for others to share their experiences of implementing employee volunteering days and share any recommendations of organisations to partner with.


    Thanks


    Amy
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  • Hi @Laura Albrecht

    Thanks for posting this question! Volunteering is something I’m really passionate about and volunteer with our local homeless charity

    It’s great to see your business wanting to encourage employees to volunteer. Benefacto say that around 11 million people in the UK are given paid time off to volunteer, constituting around two billion pounds worth of support to deserving charities.

    In terms of charities in your local area here are a few suggestions of organisations to approach:

    FareShare West Midlands redistributes surplus food to 151 organisations across West Midlands that work with people in need, from families on low income and older people at risk of isolation to those affected by homelessness and mental health issues.

    Birmingham Mind welcomes any offers of corporate support, this could range from fundraising to helping with decorating and gardening across our different services.

    Autism West Midlands, is the leading charity in the West Midlands for people with autism.


    My colleague @Charlotte Horobin also recommended The Princes Trust and Gro Organic https://www.gro-organic.co.uk/


    It would be fantastic for others to share their experiences of implementing employee volunteering days and share any recommendations of organisations to partner with.


    Thanks


    Amy


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  • Hi @Laura Albrecht, The best example I have come across is Cummins: https://www.cummins.com/company/glob...mmunity-impact At the local site in Northampton, all of their employees have one day out per year out into the community and do these type of activities of developing community gardens etc. It has become a huge dedication for the company that they now have someone employed full time to coordinate these community days. I've asked @Dave Barker at Cummins to see if he can share further best practice from this with you. Will keep you updated :-) When are you looking to start the volunteering for your employees? Great initiative! Have you done this sort of thing before at IMI?
    Last edited by Amy Brunsdon; 01-02-2019 at 09:48 AM.
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  • Hi @Laura Albrecht, The best example I have come across is Cummins: https://www.cummins.com/company/glob...mmunity-impact At the local site in Northampton, all of their employees have one day out per year out into the community and do these type of activities of developing community gardens etc. It has become a huge dedication for the company that they now have someone employed full time to coordinate these community days. I've asked @Dave Barker at Cummins to see if he can share further best practice from this with you. Will keep you updated :-) When are you looking to start the volunteering for your employees? Great initiative! Have you done this sort of thing before at IMI?


  • Hi @Megan Ronayne
    Thanks for your supportive words. At Cummins we have invested in Corp responsibility and see it as a Win Win to support the Communities that we do business in, and to develop our employees. We started by identifying areas to focus on – in our case Education, Environment and Social Justice and then reached out into the Communities around our workplaces to identify how we can help support those in need in these areas. We allocate min 4 hours paid time for all our employees worldwide to take part in Community support.

    This is when it then gets difficult. It’s really tough to find where and how we can help. Community leaders don’t know how we can help them and we didn’t know what they need. So we’ve conducted Community needs assessment surveys, followed up employee contacts and reached out to suggest and push ideas. We’ve built up the process to engage at different levels, from basic leaflet drops through painting fences and digging gardens, school reading and on to higher level and longer term engagements and relationships such as educational STEM projects to grant applications implementing infrastructure projects, to supporting a major foodbank with professional skills to educate them on how to set up and manage warehouses and supply chains. Happy to discuss the specifics further
    Last edited by Amy Brunsdon; 01-02-2019 at 09:49 AM.
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  • Hi @Megan Ronayne
    Thanks for your supportive words. At Cummins we have invested in Corp responsibility and see it as a Win Win to support the Communities that we do business in, and to develop our employees. We started by identifying areas to focus on – in our case Education, Environment and Social Justice and then reached out into the Communities around our workplaces to identify how we can help support those in need in these areas. We allocate min 4 hours paid time for all our employees worldwide to take part in Community support.

    This is when it then gets difficult. It’s really tough to find where and how we can help. Community leaders don’t know how we can help them and we didn’t know what they need. So we’ve conducted Community needs assessment surveys, followed up employee contacts and reached out to suggest and push ideas. We’ve built up the process to engage at different levels, from basic leaflet drops through painting fences and digging gardens, school reading and on to higher level and longer term engagements and relationships such as educational STEM projects to grant applications implementing infrastructure projects, to supporting a major foodbank with professional skills to educate them on how to set up and manage warehouses and supply chains. Happy to discuss the specifics further


  • Hi @Dave Barker, thanks so much for sharing your experiences with @Laura Albrecht and the rest of the community!

    Also thanks to @Claire Frays & @Megan Ronayne for their suggestions.

    Amy
    Last edited by Daniel Kirmatzis; 01-02-2019 at 10:10 AM.
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  • Hi @Dave Barker, thanks so much for sharing your experiences with @Laura Albrecht and the rest of the community!

    Also thanks to @Claire Frays & @Megan Ronayne for their suggestions.

    Amy


  • Lots of great ideas there @Dave Barker, do you try and support different areas of the community each year or support a new charity through these initiatives too? Did you get any resistance from employees or has it been embraced? Any advice to other companies if they have concerns over labour planning disruptions for this sort of initiative?
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  • Lots of great ideas there @Dave Barker, do you try and support different areas of the community each year or support a new charity through these initiatives too? Did you get any resistance from employees or has it been embraced? Any advice to other companies if they have concerns over labour planning disruptions for this sort of initiative?