Business Volunteering

Covid 19 Update Due to social distancing requirements we are currently unable to offer indoor team volunteering with transport at this time, however now more than ever the voluntary & community sector need the help of local business to overcome the challenges caused by the Covid pandemic, so if you have skills you could share with a local Charity we would love to hear from you, please contact our CEO Tim Houghton at tim.houghton@cfirst.org.uk who will be happy to discuss how we can work together to support our communities.
Some outdoor Charities will still be seeking help, to find out how we can match you to opportunities in your area please email volunteer@cfirst.org.uk 

What can Business Volunteers do?

There are a range of small local groups to large national charities across Fareham, Havant, Winchester and East Hampshire which need volunteers.  The Business Volunteering Scheme aims to match groups of employees with Team Challenges, which can give employees the opportunity to learn new skills, build cross-functional teams and have some fun!  Volunteering as a team can make a real difference to voluntary groups with limited funds and resources. Examples could be: 

  • Painting/Decorating
  • Gardening/Landscaping
  • Conservation
  • Day Trip or Christmas/Summer Party

The Business Volunteering Skill Share Scheme matches skills such as marketing, website construction, CV writing, interviewing techniques, finance etc.  Employees from local companies can share their business skills with voluntary groups through one-off tasks.

Benefits 

Businesses:  Demonstrates a company’s commitment to playing an active part in the local community and to building a more prosperous, healthy and safe community for all who live and work there:

  • Development of new skills eg leadership, project management, teamwork
  • Increased staff morale and motivation
  • Improved staff recruitment and retention
  • Raised profile and recognition of community investment
  • Improved customer and employee loyalty
  • Creation of new business opportunities

Voluntary Organisations: Can make a real difference to voluntary organisations by helping them to accomplish tasks which they do not have the resources to achieve ie:

  • Cost savings
  • Improved facilities or services
  • Acquiring new business skills
  • Raising local awareness of the work done by voluntary groups
  • Recruitment of regular volunteers and Trustees
  • Building long-term relationships with local companies

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