Social Responsibility

Team development through volunteering

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:40:00 GMT

In support of our social responsibility agenda, the University is once again taking part in Give and Gain Day. This national day of employee volunteering organised by Business in the Community (BITC) falls on 20 May 2016, when they are bringing together like-minded organisations to use their ideas, talents and resources to enhance their social responsibility impact.

Give and Gain Day connects employees with community organisations by matching them with a volunteering project. In the past, volunteers have helped with everything from school sports days to employability workshops for the long term unemployed. Give and Gain Day participants in the UK are part of a global movement of thousands of volunteers across 25 countries as diverse as Spain, Iran, Nigeria and Guatemala.

By making volunteering accessible and inspirational, BITC aims to support organisations to see volunteering as something that can contribute to individual professional development and team building.

The University is encouraging managers who already have a planned team development activity in the pipeline, or are thinking about undertaking an event, to consider taking part in a Give and Gain Day activity. This will align the University’s own team development goals with the possibility of participating in activity undertaken during working hours on 20 May 2016 that benefits our local community.

10 benefits of becoming involved


It's fun

It develops skills

It promotes team work

It inspires


It can improve lives in our local community

It builds new partnerships

It helps where the need is greatest

The University

It increases staff motivation

It can enhance the profile of the University

It enhances our responsibility

Getting involved

Staff at the University can register interest, find out more about local projects and how to participate in BITC brokered Give and Gain Day activity, by visiting BITC website.

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