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,, 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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