Donna OKell, I was delighted to have read her LinkedIn post today as it's great to feel I am no longer a lone wolf and at risk of alienating those who mean so well yet never get to realise their good intentions could be put to such better use..
I also believe employee volunteering could really make a huge difference and welcome any efforts to make it more effective for all parties. However, funding for it and enabling the infrastructure to support it is currently what has been largely missing and is probably why we have yet to see it deliver on its full potential.
Let's stop encouraging skilled people to use their valuable time to complete tasks or projects which could be completed by somebody else with much more relevant skills. The government is currently considering an employer supported volunteering policy. This means that every business with more than 250 employees and all public sector organisations must offer each employee three days' paid volunteering. It's a great idea in principle. Our communities will be much stronger if all stakeholders work closer together and volunteers' talents are used as effectively as possible.