Charities struggle to meet demand for staff volunteering, survey finds

Few companies are willing to pay for placements

Seventy five per cent of charities say more companies are looking for volunteering opportunities for their staff, according to a survey by research and consultancy firm RedCCI.

But the survey shows that charities are struggling to offer such opportunities and only 18 per cent of companies pay them to match volunteers with placements.

The survey, carried out in July, covered 200 charities and companies. According to the results, only 24 per cent of companies reported interest in volunteering came from their staff - interest in employee volunteering was more likely to come from senior management, it says

Jamie Thomas, chief executive of Red Foundation, the parent body of RedCCI, said: "Many companies feel volunteering is a useful way of boosting staff morale during the recession.

"But many are unwilling to pay for sourcing opportunities, and charities are struggling to find the capacity to accommodate employee volunteering.

"Firms often demand ‘team challenge' projects, but these are very difficult for charities to set up, particularly if companies are unwilling to pay for them."

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