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Did you know that 53% of under-35s and 60% of 18-24-year-olds would like to see more volunteering opportunities in the workplace? The younger workforce – Generation Z and millennials – are eager for employers to create work environments that empower them to actively contribute to their communities.
Aside from being great for charitable causes and local communities, companies that offer paid-time off for volunteering will see significant business benefits. Lets delve into this a bit further…
Enhanced work ethic: In the UK, 36% of people said they would work harder if their company had a positive impact on society. According to research, volunteering boosts employees’ sense of purpose, resulting in a workplace engagement level four times higher than those who lack a sense of purpose in their job.
Stronger, more connected teams: Working together on a common goal, especially for charity or a community project, helps employees to bond and support each other. This teamwork spirit is carried over to the workplace, renewing their commitment to each other.
Happier, healthier staff: Research shows that a significant 80% of employees feel happier when they engage in volunteering activities, leading to increased satisfaction, motivation, and higher staff morale.
Now that you know the benefits, take a look at the fantastic range of volunteering opportunities available in Cardiff.
Contact Bute Park if you are looking for opportunities for your company. They regularly work with volunteers from a number of organisations and can help you organise opportunities to meet your Corporate Social Responsibility targets, including conservation tasks and litter picking.
Coed Caerdydd aim to increase Cardiff’s tree canopy from 18.9% to 25% as part of One Planet Cardiff. If you’d like to get involved, please join their mailing list and social media to be kept informed of tree planting and other volunteering opportunities. Follow their Eventbrite to join upcoming events. Send a request to join their mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cardiff Council’s Love Where You Live Campaign is all about cleaning up the streets and communities in Cardiff. Whether it’s joining a group litter pick, or doing a bit of urban gardening – it all adds up and makes a big difference to where you live.
Although Forest Farm is owned and run by Cardiff Council, volunteers from the Friends and other groups perform a wide variety of important tasks, many of which wouldn’t otherwise get done.
With such a big site and such a small team of staff, Amelia Trust Farm welcome corporate groups of volunteers who can dedicate several hours (or even a full day!) to helping them take care of their lovely countryside sanctuary.
FareShare offer a unique team volunteering experience. These days are fun, physical and let you gain an insight on the world of food surplus and food poverty in South Wales.
Help Cardiff’s local hospice by giving your time and energy to make a difference.
Cancer Research superstores are capable of hosting up to 20 corporate partner employees for a full or half day of volunteering. Volunteers can be split into teams and compete against each other in various in-store and out of store activities.
Skills and Volunteering Cymru believe in giving communities in South Wales the opportunity to give a little, and gain a lot. They are a volunteer-led charity offering volunteering opportunities in Cardiff including: Befriending, Laugh Out Loud Fridays Lead Volunteer, and Gardening Volunteer at The Secret Garden.
With the urgency of the cost-of-living crisis and the pressing reality of the climate emergency, there’s no time like the present to engage in volunteering and make a positive impact.
Participating in volunteering initiatives not only directly benefits your local community, but also elevates your employees’ sense of purpose, fosters teamwork, and strengthens their work ethic. It’s a win-win that goes beyond the immediate impact, contributing to a more fulfilling and cohesive work environment.