Campaign backs volunteers plan

Volunteering England has launched a campaign to encourage small and medium-sized businesses to set up employer-supported volunteering schemes.

Government figures show that nearly 60 per cent of private sector employees work for small and medium-sized businesses, but only 14 per cent of them have access to employer-supported volunteering schemes, compared with 47 per cent of people who work for companies with more than 250 staff.

Volunteering England has dedicated part of its website, www.volunteering.org.uk/smes, to explaining the business case for setting up a scheme.

"Companies that have employer-supported volunteering programmes often find employees are proud to work for them and others want to join them," said Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England. "It often makes a difference with customers too."

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