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Volunteering

Every colleague, as part of their benefits package is given the opportunity to undertake 22.5 hours (pro-rata) (see below for more details) to volunteer in their local community. They support our charity partners, as well as other grassroots organisations that are local and have a personal connection to them.

Click here to view our Volunteering Policy

Click here to view our user guide for submitting volunteering hours

How Do I Volunteer

1  

Find a volunteering opportunity. You could work with your charity partner - your relationship with them can be about so much more than raising money. You can also use volunteering websites to find other local opportunities or talk to your customers and members.

2  

Agree with your line manager the date and times you will be away from your place of work to undertake your volunteering.
Ensure that you have agreed with the group or charity in advance what is required of you and that you have all of the necessary tools or materials to help you carry out the volunteering

3  

Once you have completed your volunteering you must complete and submit details of the volunteering you have undertaken via the online form.

It is really important that you submit this detail as soon as your volunteering has taken place as it is recorded for the purpose of the steering wheel measures against your sites targets.

  • Full-time colleagues contracted to work 30 hours or above each week are entitled to the maximum of 22.5 hours volunteer time per year.

  • Colleagues working less than 30 hours will have their entitlement calculated in proportion (pro-rata) to the full-time equivalent, an example of this is:

Submit Volunteering Hours


How do we calculate how many volunteer hours you are entitled to, based on your contracted hours?

 

  • Full-time colleagues contracted to work 30 hours or above each week are entitled to the maximum of 22.5 hours volunteer time per year.

  • Colleagues working less than 30 hours will have their entitlement calculated in proportion (pro-rata) to the full-time equivalent, an example of this is:

    • You work 10 hours per week, we divide this by the full-time equivalent of 39 hours per week and then multiply this by the maximum amount of volunteer hours a full-time colleague would be given – which is 22.5 per year; in this scenario you would be entitled to a total of 5.77 hours of volunteer time per year.

 

Cooper Bear - Our Community Mascot

Cooper Bear is our community character mascot, which sites can book to use at local community events, fun days or events held to support your charity partner.

You can check his availability and submit your booking form (please note all booking requests need to be made at least 7 days in advance of an event) by clicking here.

Find out about Volunteering opportunities

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Do you need our volunteers, if so please email : community.team@midcounties.coop

If you are unsure as to whether a volunteering opportunity meets society guidelines please contact the Community Team on 01902 492235 and a member of the team will be able to advise you.