Swindon Foodbank Present Impact of Volunteers at INVOLVE Seminar 14.11.16

Cher Smith the Manager of Swindon Foodbank was invited to be a panel member at the recent INVOLVE Seminar which was held on 14.11.2016 at the Village Hotel Club , Shaw Ridge Leisure Park, Whitehill Way, Swindon SN5 7DW

Cher described how volunteers are key to the Foodbank service and how valuable they are as team members. Over the last year 60 volunteers donated over 5,880 hours of their time at the warehouse and the 8 distribution centres. She described their activities and how much effort they put in and the passion they show for the charity.

Describing how she talks to community groups, scouts and schools and how this encourages the younger generation to become a volunteer, identifying how this can enhance their career prospects and how we should remember that these are the future volunteers and trustees of the towns charities.

Approximately 60 different representatives from local charities and businesses attended the seminar which ran for just over 3 hours. Other panellists included representatives from Prospect Hospice, Zurich and Monahans Accountants who gave insight into how volunteering can enhance their charitable activities, business and employees. 

About INVOLVE - Involve Swindon is network of corporate, statutory and voluntary sector partners dedicated to promoting and supporting employee volunteering. Since 2004, Involve Swindon has worked with over 120 organisations facilitating over 3,500 employees to give their time and skills to the local community. In one year, 762 employee volunteers donated 4,474 hours either as teams or individuals on projects supporting 52 charitable organisations and 14 schools. Employers who are part of Involve Swindon’s network include Zurich, Intel, Nationwide, The Marriott and De Vere Village Hotels. In 2014 INVOLVE was awarded the Big Society Award by the Prime Minister.  Robert Buckland MP said" The amount of voluntary and community work undertaken by thousands of people in Swindon is one of our town’s remarkable success stories. I’m delighted that all that hard work was officially recognised by the Prime Minister in the form of a Big Society Award presented to Involve Swindon, a network of companies and organisations which encourage their employees to give their time and develop their skills through volunteering. Justin Tomlinson and I were there to see the award presented by the Minister for Civil Society, Brooks Newmark. Happily, it coincided with Involve Swindon’s tenth anniversary".

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