It was their first week on the job but that didn’t stop the latest intake of trainees at international law firm CMS from experiencing their first taste of employee volunteering – and meeting members of London’s diverse community to boot.
The 47 trainees were split into groups so they could give real value to the six charities they were helping. As we’ve often found smaller groups are more manageable for charities and provide a more meaningful experience for the volunteers. Here are some of the amazing things the volunteers did:
The volunteers were briefed before going off on their opportunity, with each team coming back at the end of the day to present to the whole group. What stood out for all the trainees was how much they had enjoyed talking to – and sharing skills – with people they’d likely never had an opportunity to meet.
Liliane Fozard, who helped run a CV-writing session, said: “It was such a fulfilling experience! The charities do an amazing job and really bring the community together. We were only there for a couple of hours, but we were able to do so much for others. It’s been amazing.”
Indeed, when applied carefully, employee volunteers can really enhance the services charities deliver to their clients. The session leader from the Mobile Seniors Group remarked: “Without the wonderful volunteers facilitating the session, it wouldn’t have happened. Both the volunteers and service-users enthusiasm spurred conversations and helped the elderly learners resolve their queries. The young corporate volunteers adapted very easily and provided our service users with a human, kind and non analytical approach which is always appreciated”.
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