Corporate Volunteering & Community Projects
|Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a business model that helps a company be socially accountable — to itself, its stakeholders, and the public.
Many businesses offer their employees time and experience for one or two days per year, or sometimes more frequently.
If you are
- an employer in Basingstoke and Deane looking for organisations where your members or staff can volunteer
- a group looking for support
then this page is for you.
If you are a business offering people or resources
There are a number of ways that your business and employees can help our groups:
- Team Challenges – these are one off activities that can last a day or longer depending on the challenge. These tend to be more of a more practical nature such as gardening or decorating. They are good for team building and motivating staff, as well as being fun.
- Sharing Professional Skills – we are always looking for people who can share their skills with groups, either by sessions that a variety of groups can attend or supporting specific groups. The skills are wide ranging from marketing, website construction, social media, interviewing techniques, finance to specific mentoring for individuals and groups.
- Regular Volunteering – if you have employees who can do some regular volunteering then we can link them up with local organisations needing this type of support
- Events/Campaigns – these tend to run at certain times of the year and may be held during the weekends. For events they can include car park marshalling, setting up stalls etc
If you are a charity or community group needing support
So, our question to you is what do you need help with?
We appreciate that there will be gardening and decoration projects but why not also think about what else you need help with – website design, fundraising, maybe you are looking for certain items, help to put a programme together or run an event.
Maybe it is something new that you want to do or something that has been on the back burner because you have not had enough resource, time or money.
Whilst we cannot guarantee to find a company to help the more interesting your project the more chance we have of linking you up.
We are currently increasing the number of business contacts offering to donate time to support community projects so Charities and event organisers, please outline your requirements for help by filling in the form below and we will be delighted to initiate contact.
Please see below a couple of examples of a successful partnerships that have been brokered by BVA.
Age Concern Hampshire - Afternoon Tea
Social groups and volunteers all attended a wonderful afternoon Christmas celebration on 6th December 2019 at Church Cottage. The afternoon included plenty of singing, bell ringing and entertainment from a ukulele group.
The event was supported by a team from Sony who set up and decorated the venue, helped people to their tables, served food and found themselves taking part in the bell ringing.
SeeAbility - Fir Tree Lodge
SeeAbility press release, 11 September 2019
Local Charity SeeAbility benefits from efforts of Stryker volunteers
An energetic team from Newbury based medical technology company, Stryker, spent a day at SeeAbility’s Fir Tree Lodge helping bring their sensory gardens back to tip top condition. As well as cutting back small trees and bushes, weeding, sweeping and clearing play areas and pathways, the team also planted new plants and even painted fences.
Makeovers like this make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of residents at Fir Tree Lodge, which is a 10 bedroom residential home for adults with a range of disabilities and complex needs.
SeeAbility’s Volunteer Manager Ivy Button said: “Volunteering is known to motivate employees as it gives them the chance to give something back, pass on their skills or even learn something new. Their involvement makes our communities happier, healthier and safer. The contribution of organisations such as Stryker – whom I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to – makes a tremendous difference to charities like SeeAbility, and we’re very grateful for their support.”
Stryker’s Finance Director, Rob Mills said: “The Stryker team thoroughly enjoyed the day and I hope we contributed a little towards an enjoyable outdoor space. We appreciated meeting the staff and people who live there and getting to understand the great work that the charity does for both them and their families. Smaller charities or causes get less press coverage and support but the work they perform is tremendous and needs to be more widely appreciated.”
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Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 200 years. www.seeability.org.uk