Corporate Volunteering: Your time is precious let’s make good use of it
Volunteering has many benefits, a contribution towards a cause, the satisfaction of being part of a charity that makes a real difference to your community and the ability to see how your actions can benefit another person when they need it most.
Volunteers are the backbone of City Hospice, Cardiff’s local hospice. We have roles throughout the organisation from reception work & administration, to event support and driving. However we also need volunteers for larger one-off projects. This is where we ask a group of people usually from a business or organisation, to donate a day of their time to help us complete a task – their skills and efforts can enable great change in just one day.
You could be decorating a summer house to provide a space where we can provide counselling for the children of our patients, you could help to establish a vegetable garden so that our patients can engage in an enjoyable activity, or perhaps you could help us decorate one of our therapy rooms where we assist families with bereavement support.
Benefits of Volunteering
In addition to feeling great about your contribution, volunteering can have many positive effects for the individual; greater job satisfaction, improved wellbeing, the opportunity to build and apply new skills and confidence development (HBR).
Research also shows that through collaboration colleagues can build stronger bonds. Corporate volunteering can enable volunteers to use and develop broader types of skills, which can result in greater learning and developmental experiences for individuals.
Corporate Social Responsibility
And in our socially conscious society, employees are known to be more attracted to socially responsible businesses. Deloitte reported that more than half of employees who participated in their survey, indicated a preference to work for companies with volunteering programs, with more than 70% of respondents suggesting that volunteering provides them with an improved sense of purpose in the workplace.
Now many organisations around the world use corporate volunteering not only as a means to support their local communities, but also a means to build skills, enhance morale, and promote the retention of employees.
The best part of my job is that I get to see the very best in people every day, I see people go out of their way to support City Hospice, united behind a common goal to make a difference to those we care for at the end of their lives. Volunteering gives your team the chance to feel like they are making a real impact.
City Hospice’s volunteering opportunities are wide and varied. Please download our Corporate Volunteering pack to view our current projects.
For a day long volunteering project at City Hospice, we would welcome your team and start with an overview of our work, where you will learn just how your project will make an impact on the lives of the families we support. We’ll then put you to work, supported by an experienced volunteer or staff member. We will stop for a light lunch, which we are happy to provide, and you will usually be joined by a few more staff members, the afternoon can a continuation of the same task, or we’ll switch work groups around so that you experience some variety. The day ends with a sincere thank you from the City Hospice team, and the knowledge that your contribution will positively impact our patients, and their families.
Thank you for considering group volunteering in support of City Hospice. We are proud to be Cardiff’s local hospice, and with your help, together we can continue to care for families throughout our community.
Chief Executive of City Hospice