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Staff Volunteering FAQs

Staff Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m unsure about what type of volunteering I would like to do – how can I find out more?

A: There is lots of information and opportunities to view on our volunteer platform or feel free to contact a member of the SVO team who will chat through your options on [email protected].

Q: I already volunteer in my own time – should I still register?

A: Yes, by registering you may be able to use some staff volunteering time to make your volunteering more flexible.

Q: Can I register my charity / organisation?

A: Yes, registering your charity also opens up more opportunities for them. A charity can register as a volunteer provider on our platform and advertise their opportunities to our staff members or they can contact us directly on [email protected] and we can arrange a meeting to see how we can assist them.

Q: Can I only volunteer in activities listed on the volunteer platform?

A: No, we encourage all volunteering – we only ask that your organisation is registered with us as a formal Community Partner.

Q: Is everyone entitled to 5 days volunteering?

A: We are keen for all staff to be involved however the 5 days are not an entitlement; they are merely a maximum available assuming the Line Manager has approved the time and operational requirements. The 5 days are pro-rata for part time staff.

Q: Can anyone get involved in a Team Challenge?

A: Yes, we run monthly Open Team Challenges which are open to all staff members and students, and we can also arrange team challenges specific to departments.