Challenge Yourself: ‘Companies, get in touch,’ says Volunteer Centre Dacorum

Volunteering spirit: A team from Dixons at the Women's Aid Centre
Volunteering spirit: A team from Dixons at the Women's Aid Centre

Did you know that Volunteer Centre Dacorum helps to forge corporate and community partnerships as well as supporting almost 500 good causes?

These are just two of the reasons why we’ve been selected by the Hemel Hempstead branch of Marks & Spencer to be their ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2014.

Chief Executive of Volunteer Centre Dacorum Richard Pitts said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as charity of the year for such a prestigious and well known company.

“Not only will they be getting involved with fundraising for our own charity, but we will be helping them to find opportunities for their staff to spend a day volunteering with other good causes in our area”.

This is one example of Employer Supported Volunteering.

Many companies now encourage their employees to spend time volunteering in the local community.

Volunteer Centre Dacorum has a track record of helping companies and charities to work together on projects such as decorating at the Womens Aid Centre, sprucing up the orchard and wildlife gardens at Woodfield School in Leverstock Green – which caters for pupils aged three to 19 with severe and complex learning difficulties – and most recently, creating murals at a pre-school in Adeyfield.

Nationally, the demand for employee volunteering is on the rise.

NCVO (a national organisation that champions volunteering) research has found that whilst 72 per cent of companies expect to increase their involvement in corporate/community partnerships, the major barrier to organising successful Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) programmes is finding voluntary opportunities.

If your company is thinking about a team building day, planning a one-off event or would like advice on developing a comprehensive ESV programme, why not talk to the Volunteer Centre team and find out how you can achieve your business goals and make a real impact in your local community?

You can contact the Dacorum Volunteer Centre by emailing or phoning 01442 247209