Posts Tagged: Volunteering

Incentives for volunteering aren’t as simple as they look

There has been talk of how we can best incentivise more people to volunteer. In Britain we already have some of the highest levels of volunteering in the world; but efforts to increase its level from this high base will inevitably suffer from the law of diminishing returns.

Assuming that there is nevertheless a case for trying them out, what incentives might work? Read more on Incentives for volunteering aren’t as simple as they look…

Why I changed my mind about corporate volunteering

I believe in volunteering: both supporting it and, where possible, volunteering myself. The caveat “where possible” is important. Weeks slip away as I try to juggle work with desperate attempts to exercise, a growing stack of unread books, family demands and finding enough relaxation time to make the week manageable. Voluntary donation of time is difficult when more pressing activities dominate.

Despite these difficulties, the concept of corporate volunteering – the obligatory charity work which some employers require staff to take part in during working hours – initially left me with some reservations. Is volunteering still valid if you’re “made” to do it? I had also been exposed to criticism of the idea of corporate social responsibility, and was somewhat cynical about why a company might choose to be associated with one charity brand over another. Read more on Why I changed my mind about corporate volunteering…

Forget the stereotype of a charity shop volunteer

I was disappointed to see our longest-serving volunteer award come in for criticism in an article by Rob Jackson on the Third Sector blog last week, particularly as it was National Volunteering Week. I want to correct the misconceptions about charity retail volunteering that it presented.

The purpose of the award is to celebrate the people who have donated countless hours to their chosen charity and to highlight the power, reward and life-changing opportunities that volunteering gives to people in charity shops. Most people know that charity shops are staffed by an army of volunteers, but very few know the hidden benefits of volunteering in a shop. Our award aims to tell those stories. Read more on Forget the stereotype of a charity shop volunteer…

There are volunteers ready and waiting across the country, so why aren’t charities asking for their help?

One of the main issues that comes up again and again in the
world of volunteering is the need for better communication between volunteers
and those needing their services. This is typically provided by volunteer
brokerage organisations, such as ourselves here at iT4Communities, but there is a real difficulty in
linking the two groups.

Read more on There are volunteers ready and waiting across the country, so why aren’t charities asking for their help?…