Businesses encouraged to support voluntary work to benefit communities

Doreen Smith, the chief executive of Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS).

Doreen Smith, the chief executive of Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS). - Credit: Archant

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) is highlighting the work of businesses which give back to their communities during Volunteers Week.

VANS is celebrating business leaders who use their skills and expertise to help community groups and charities.

A different business will be highlighted each day throughout Volunteers Week which runs from Friday until June 7.

Doreen Smith CEO of VANS said: “Volunteering in the UK contributes a staggering £23.9billion a year to our economy and our sector proudly promotes individuals who do amazing things in their communities.

“This year we want to applaud the contribution business leaders make to their communities.

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“Each day we will be highlighting a different business or business leader on our website and social media.”

Volunteering can have a huge impact on the lives of people who volunteer by enabling them to learn new skills or boosting self-esteem.

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There are many organisations which rely on volunteers to help others. Employer-led volunteering also provides huge benefits to communities.

VANS wants to highlight employers who support their staff to take paid time off to volunteer and leaders who help out community groups.

Doreen added: “VANS can offer businesses advice and guidance on all aspects of employer-led volunteering.

“Many businesses often think volunteering only offers opportunities to pick up a paint brush or spade. While this is welcomed and appreciated, businesses can offer so much more.

“They often have business skills and expertise charities need, such as digital marketing, business development and financial management which could be shared without the need to spend a lot of time. This would benefit the charity and the people they service.”

VANS, which is based in Oldmixon Crescent, near Weston, aims to develop and empower the voluntary sector in North Somerset.

The organisation is keen to hear from business leaders who would like to learn more about volunteering.

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