Staff can claim up to one day a week paid leave for their time spent volunteering
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak, with volunteers supporting the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Volunteers will support the community response (helping those who are self-isolating by delivering supplies to homes), as well as transport, and telephone support for individuals at risk of loneliness during self-isolation.
Immediately following the announcement, IVE were able to offer their staff up to one day a week paid time off in order to take part in the effort.
Chief Executive, Rosi Lister, explains why:
“IVE is a training company that is all about preparing businesses and business leaders for the turbulent times ahead. We talk about how organisations can develop their collective creativity and in so doing, learn how to be ever-ready to adapt in the face of the volatile, the unpredictable, the complex and the ambiguous – VUCA for short.
It therefore seemed only right that we practice what we preach and, with a moment’s notice, rise to the challenge and adapt in order to assist our local communities in this time of global crisis. I have been overwhelmed by the response from our staff who are all passionate about living our company values which talk of being compassionate, courageous and pioneering… I just hope that other organisations have the same idea, or are inspired to follow our lead.”
IVE’s staff are encouraged not to feel pressured by the opportunity, and to bear due consideration to the criteria about vulnerable individuals, in order to avoid any staff putting themselves at risk.
Business Development Manager, Sharon Le Goff, said:
“It’s great to be able to support our community. Many of us have friends and family working on the NHS front line, or have family members who are high-risk and can’t leave their homes, so it’s a comfort to know that IVE are helping staff to volunteer and relieve the strain.”
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