How can you measure the impact of voluntary work?
Volunteering of course means something different to every volunteer. Very often the reasons for doing it are personal, and its effect or benefit is not easily quantified. “It makes me feel better.” “I really appreciate the effort they put in.” “We couldn’t have done it without them.” Such is the personal impact of voluntary work, made more meaningful by how or what as well as who was involved.
One thing we’ve noticed in the course of our volunteering programme, is that organisations we help appreciate any time we put in. It doesn’t have to be a long term commitment. Although, conversely, it is the length of time that seems to reward the volunteers. Over time they feel a closer connection to the cause they’ve helped, and that gets better the more you do it.
The Society has a strong commitment to social responsibility in all its forms. We continued our employee volunteering programme which allows all employees four hours per month to volunteer. In 2017 we gave 1006 hours of volunteering to the community. We continued to deliver our financial education programme in local schools and HM Prison Highpoint and HM Prison Hollesley Bay. Together with matched funding, our employees raised £16,000 for local charities through fundraising in branches or personal sponsorship. The Society offers matched funding for personal sponsorship of local charities.