Bank of England has been celebrating 2017 National Volunteers’ Week by showcasing some of their amazing staff volunteers who use their own time to make a difference to the lives of others.
Bank of England supports its employees that volunteer as they believe that volunteering has many benefits, not just for the people who are being helped but also for the person volunteering. Bank of England believes that by supporting those in need, no matter how hard it can be, will ultimately be a fulfilling experience. They also believe that it is a good way for employees to develop their personal skills and Bank of England offers many opportunities for their employees to get involved in volunteering.
One of the ways that Bank of England supports and encourages its employees to get involved in volunteering is through their community involvement initiatives, as they aim to be a socially responsible employer who supports its employees through volunteering activities, financial support and paid leave.
Bank of England's Community Relations Team believe in the benefits of their employees volunteering and Bank of England encourages employees to get involved in the following ways:
- Encouraging staff to get involved in community initiatives through their own interests or via a range of programmes that are managed by Bank of England
- Focusing donations on organisations that are supported by staff (these are within Bank of England's charitable giving criteria)
- Supporting local community links via to their regional agencies
- Providing benefits in kind to the voluntary sector (where Bank resources allow)
Here are some of Bank of England’s employee volunteering stories:
Shona volunteers with Magic Me Arts, where she organises a monthly party for the care home residents.
Foyez volunteers with Whitechapel Mission, helping to cook food for the homeless and vulnerable.
Neera volunteers with Food for All, where she helps to distribute vegetarian meals to the homeless.
Brian has been helping in the local community for over 30 years, including working with TH Cemetery Park and Spitalfields Farm.
James volunteers during his lunch break at a local primary school as part of a Tower Hamlets EBP scheme.
Jo Place, Acting COO, is involved in her local community by volunteering as a school governor.
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