Commenting on David Cameron’s announcement, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:
'This is an exciting proposal which would be good news for charities and for businesses.
'Many charities urgently need more volunteers to support their work, while volunteering is an excellent way for employees to develop skills and confidence that will benefit their employers.
'Anything that helps encourage our culture of volunteering is very welcome. We look forward to seeing the detail of the proposal.'
Volunteering and employers – quick facts
- An estimated 15 million people in the UK volunteer at least once a month (1).
- In the last survey to examine the topic, 'work commitments' were the main reason given by people for not volunteering. (2)
- Employer-supported volunteering, schemes where employers arrange volunteering opportunities for staff, have grown substantially in popularity in recent years. Employers benefit from staff developing skills and experience, and staff whose job satisfaction and connection with their communities increases. Around 1 in 12 employees took part in such a scheme in 2013/14, compared to fewer than 1 in 20 in 2008/9. (3)
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