Employee Volunteering

Many employers now offer “volunteer days” to their staff.  Below are some suggestions for ways in which you can use your volunteer days to support local charities and community groups.  Click on the opportunity, to take you through to further details.

Remember, volunteering is a great way to boost your own well-being.  As the Mental Health Foundation has shown “doing good does you good”.  It can also be a way to reconnect with your team and learn some surprising new skills.

Building your team whilst giving back to the community

Team Volunteering

(Note some of these opportunities are still not available due to Covid.  However, you may be able to provisionally plan ahead.)

Conservation Volunteering and Gardening

Other Team days

  • Stripey Stork – preparing packs for children and families

  • Hersham Hounds – cleaning out kennels

  • See also Fundraising Opportunities below
employee volunteering clearing ragwort
Time limited volunteer opportunities

Individual Volunteering

To add extra value and flexibility, think about “chunking” your time into hours, rather than full days.

  • SATRO – help deliver one-off activities in schools

  • Leonard Cheshire – deliver one-off activities for older people in Godalming (individual or small team)

  • Volunteer Drivers – Various roles  – confirm in advance how many hours you can commit and over what time period.  (Note DBS checks may be needed if you are driving vulnerable people).

volunteer driver
Raise vital funds whilst having fun - individually or as a team

Fundraising Volunteering

Lots of flexibility with fundraising and really appreciated by charities.  Worth checking if your employer will match your donation.

  • Take part in a challenge or sponsored events: running; cycling; other challenges

  • Volunteer at a fundraising event: Legends Festival (Marie Curie); Orphest (The Orpheus Centre);  Supercar event (The Children’s Trust)

  • Organise a collection of in-kind support (please check first to see exactly what is needed):

  • Pick a cause that you want to support and organise your own … golf day, coffee morning, quiz, murder mystery etc. etc.

fundraising walk

Further Information and Top Tips

Employees further afield?

There is a network of Volunteer Centres across Surrey (and the UK).

Want more options?

Try searching our volunteer database for other volunteer opportunities.

Many opportunities are only suitable if you can commit a reasonable amount of time.  This is because of the investment needed to train and supervise a new volunteer.  However, it is always worth asking about flexibility.

Points to remember for Team Volunteering:

  • Agree a date well in advance – to fit with you and your host

  • Think about the size of your team – sometimes smaller is better

  • Be clear on costs – there is a fixed charge for some team days, in particular for large teams, to cover staff time.  Some organisations may request a contribution towards materials.

  • Before the day – do you know where the activity will take place; who is your contact on the day; what clothes should be worn; are refreshments provided?

  • Volunteer safely – do you understand the risk assessment for the activity?  Is insurance in place?

  • Take lots of photos – share them with your colleagues, friends and family to generate great publicity for the charity