Volunteering advice for small businesses launched on web

Volunteering England has launched a series of internet-based resources to help small businesses launch employer-supported volunteering programmes.

The resources, funded by the Volunteering Hub, will be available on YouthNet’s do-it.org.uk volunteering website. They include a new search function enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to find volunteering opportunities that charities deem suitable for employer-supported volunteering schemes.

The site also contains a range of articles and tips that make the case for employer-supported volunteering programmes to small businesses that know very little about them.

This is the first time do-it.org.uk has created resources designed for companies, rather than individuals. The move comes after research by the Hertfordshire-based Ashridge Business School found an overwhelming majority of small business owners wanted to give something back to the community but lacked the time to sift through all the available information.

“It’s a myth that small businesses aren’t interested in volunteering,” said Cathy McBain, head of employer-supported volunteering at Volunteering England. “They just face very different challenges from larger companies, and this new set of resources meets many of their requirements.”

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