Employer Supported Volunteering

Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, and others. It is unpaid and undertaken freely and by choice.

Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) is when organisations actively support and encourage their employees to volunteer. This can take many forms from an employer freeing up time for employees to do their own volunteering, as well as formal ESV programmes.

Whatever form it takes, ESV is becoming more popular as it allows organisations to make a big difference through volunteering.

Cumbria CVS is very keen to encourage local companies to support employees to be actively involved in the community by contributing their time and skills and is therefore currently actively promoting and supporting a range of ESV projects across the county.

Watch the video below to see how VolkerRail, their suppliers, and the Yewdale Community Centre in Carlisle all benefited from the ESV project we helped them to arrange.

You can also read our VolkerRail and Yewdale Community Centre Case Study here

Next Employer Supported Volunteering Sub Group Meeting

Friday 11 February 2022 – 11am-12pm hosted online via zoom

Join the next Employer Supported Volunteering Subgroup meeting, hosted by Cumbria CVS. This ESV Sub Group aims to bring together Volunteer Managers in Cumbria and businesses to further develop Employer Supported Volunteering in the county.

Join us to find out more about Investors in Community (IIC). IIC is an online platform and aims to be the most effective way of connecting organisations, individuals, charities, and community groups to show that by working together powerful and evidenced social impact can be created.

The IIC platform is unique, as it provides for the management and measurement of the 5 ways of giving:

  1. Volunteering
  2. Skilled volunteering
  3. Donations
  4. Gifts in kind
  5. Fundraising

To find out more about Employer Supported Volunteering and Investors In Community book your place today!

Book via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/employer-supported-volunteering-sub-group-meeting-tickets-228233722207

Staff can benefit from ESV:

Build self-confidence

Support personal development

Share skills and experience:

  • Give staff a sense of achievement
  • A chance to make a difference
  • Explore new situations and challenges
  • Build relationships with colleagues

Companies can benefit from ESV in a number of ways including:

  • Providing personal development opportunities for employees
  • Helping to motivate staff
  • Recruiting and retaining staff
  • Bringing new skills/experience/ideas into the organisation
  • Marketing the company positively
  • Providing effective training
  • Team building

Developing Volunteering Opportunities

Cumbria CVS can work with local volunteer involving organisations to provide a range of ESV opportunities for local companies and organisations including:

Practical ones such as

  • Gardening
  • Beach cleans
  • Decorating
  • Community Clean Ups
  • Conservation

Professional ones including:

  • Accountancy
  • IT
  • Social Media
  • Governance
  • HR
  • Marketing
  • Business planning
  • Trustees

Personal Volunteering

Through working with employers, we aim to encourage individual employees to get involved with volunteering with projects that they have a personal interest or passion in.

Cumbria CVS Volunteer Brokerage Service – Employer Supported Volunteering

Cumbria CVS can support organisations to develop, deliver, manage and evaluate a successful ESV scheme as part of our Volunteer Brokerage Service. We can offer three different levels of support (Gold, Silver or Bronze Scheme) with the costs for each service depending on the level required.


To discuss ESV further please contact:
Judith Smale, County Volunteer Support Officer
01768 800350 or email:  judiths@cumbriacvs.org.uk


Cumbria CVS Employer Supported Volunteering Policy

Cumbria CVS recognises that it has a social responsibility to support our own staff to undertake volunteering activities with other voluntary and community organisations. Please see the Cumbria CVS Employer Supported Volunteering Policy for full details download here