Students help to set up new Employee Volunteer Network

Bath & North East Somerset is set to benefit from a new network that will help businesses to give more support to local charities that need volunteers.

The Employee Volunteer Network will be run by the Bath Volunteer Centre, thanks to a successful funding bid supported by research carried out by students at the University of Bath.

The research showed that businesses and charities need structured support to facilitate volunteering opportunities, and the findings helped to secure funding from Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES).

The network will coordinate volunteering opportunities such as one-off short projects using business skills, or team challenges to complete practical tasks in the community and help to overcome practical problems that can deter businesses from running employee volunteering schemes.

The research project was led by Paul Caulfield, a lecturer from the University’s School of Management, with support from a group of six final year Business Administration students.

Paul said: “The new network is the result of fantastic collaboration between the university and the city, where our students have been pivotal in getting something important created to benefit businesses and communities in Bath & North East Somerset.

“The network will broker between employers, their employees and volunteering opportunities in a way that hasn’t been available before.

“With the right support and encouragement, many more businesses will now find the path to employee volunteering easier to navigate, and charities will have access to the skills and expertise that genuinely match their needs.”

The network will be launched at a Celebrate Volunteering event at The Guildhall on Thursday 14 June, sponsored by the University of Bath, B&NES and Bath Volunteer Centre. Refreshments will be provided by the Bath Soup Company, a social enterprise set up to support local homeless people by University of Bath graduate Dominic Povey.


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