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Volunteers Week 2015: How can Suffolk businesses support their employees to volunteer?

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The Women’s Tour coming through Ipswich in 2014

(source: tradingforgood.co.uk by Kevin Barber)

The Sport and Event Volunteering Project run by Community Action Suffolk and Suffolk County Council* is one of the only volunteering Legacy 2012 projects still in existence throughout the country.

Having developed as a legacy project launched in 2010, there are now over 400 dedicated events volunteers, with a diverse range of knowledge and expertise. Collectively, the county events team have helped to support  in excess of 150 community events (including a diverse range of sports, arts, heritage and cultural events), delivering in the region of 5500 hours of volunteering.

If you are interested in volunteering, opportunities can be viewed via the events calendar, where you can sign-up and check for regular updates. The project team work closely with event organisers, sports clubs and societies to develop regular volunteering opportunities. Volunteers form an integral part of many community groups.

If you are an event organiser looking for volunteer support, why not get in touch and share your opportunities with our team of volunteers.

*The project supports Suffolk’s Most Active County campaign

Workplace Volunteering

As part of the wider development of the project, the Sport and Event Volunteering Project is looking to work with local businesses to support employees ‘get involved’ with volunteering.

It is well known that one of the biggest barriers to volunteering is ‘lack of time’. Through working closely with local businesses and charities, it is possible to overcome some of these barriers.

The project will be working in partnership with Trading for Good, in promoting the many benefits to encouraging volunteering among the workplace.

The initial focus will be on identifying employers willing to support employees with ‘time off’ to volunteer at existing event volunteering opportunities. Over time this will develop to further opportunities and the opportunity to create new events.

A pilot is already underway working with local businesses including Ipswich Building Society and Bury based company Treatt.

If you’re aware of any local businesses that might be interested in getting involved with the project, please let us know.

Daniel King
Sport & Event Volunteering Officer
Tel: 01473 345421 (direct line) 01473 345400 (switchboard)
Mob: 07702 532810

Email: daniel.king@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk
Web: www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk
Check out www.suffolkvolunteeringlegacy.org.uk for the latest sport and event volunteering opportunities.

(source: tradingforgood.co.uk by Kevin Barber)