Vodafone to pay volunteers' salaries

The Vodafone Group Foundation will pay four people’s salaries so that they can spend a year volunteering for a charity of their choice.

The offer is part of its World of Difference competition.

The foundation will pay each of the four winners a £25,000 salary plus £20,000 expenses to work for charities overseas or in the UK. Applications for the scheme close in two weeks.

Seventy per cent of people say they could not afford to give up their jobs to volunteer, according to the foundation's research. Its also found that six million workers experience ‘low points' in their jobs on a daily basis and 41 per cent of these say taking a break from work to pursue other interests or volunteer would boost their job satisfaction.

David Spackman, director of humanitarian relief charity MapAction, said: "I've put out an ‘all-stations' call to our volunteers in the hope that I can prise one away from their day job to apply for the opportunity."

Applicants must submit plans saying how they will benefit their chosen charity, and must have discussed their application with the charity first. Applications close on 31 July.

Previous winners of the competition include an IT consultant who offered to teach IT skills to children in South Africa, and a management consultant who made a business plan for a charity working with indigenous communities in India, Fiji and New Zealand.

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