VOLUNTEERING IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE – SURVEY FOR EMPLOYERS

1. Introduction

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PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY BY 27 JANUARY 2021

Following the incredible wave of new volunteers who came forward in response to the Covid-19 pandemic the local voluntary, community, health and care organisations across Gloucestershire have come together to see how we can improve our collective approach to volunteering in the county.  We are reaching out to past and present volunteers, local charities and voluntary organisations, and local employers and employees to understand more about their different experiences and how the system can be improved.

We would be grateful if you could please spare 10 minutes to complete our survey aimed at understanding the existing level of employer supported volunteering and what improvements could be made to encourage greater participation.

By responding you are giving us permission to hold this data on our secure database.

What is an Employer-supported volunteering scheme?

Employer-supported volunteering (ESV) is where the employees of an organisation take paid time off to volunteer during work hours. Employees can choose to use their volunteering time to support a volunteering organisation/charity/community group of their own choice, or to take up an opportunity provided by their company.
This is a formal arrangement supported by policy/guidelines/procedures.

Alternatively …
Employers may have informal arrangements in place where employees are offered paid or unpaid time off to volunteer/ support charitable causes on an adhoc/individual basis at the employer’s discretion.