Getting employees involved
There’s more to life than work
Many of our employees raise money for charity, make donations and give up their own time to volunteer for their favourite good cause. To support their efforts, we match their fundraising up to £350 and we’ll do this for up to four activities every year. In 2013/14, our employees raised £940,000 for charity and we gave an extra £320,000 by matching their fundraising efforts.
Our employees can also take 24 hours’ paid leave every year for volunteering, either as individuals or as part of a team.
We’re planning to refresh our volunteering scheme in the next year to encourage even more employees to spend time helping their communities.
We know that not all of our employees have the time or the inclination to actively fundraise or volunteer. Some like to make donations to their favourite good cause privately and on a regular basis. Our payroll giving scheme means they can do this monthly in a tax-efficient way. The charity receives whatever the employee pledges, but also the amount that would have been paid in tax. The charity also benefits from knowing in advance what their income will be so they can plan ahead.
The Vodafone Big Bold Challenge
This year, we’re asking our employees to join our big bold fundraising challenge by running, walking or cycling to the Olympic Park in London from our offices in Newbury and Paddington. We don’t expect everyone to cover the whole distance but our aim is to complete a collective 20,000 miles in a range of events over the day. Employees can choose from a scenic walk to a gruelling duathlon – a 13 mile run and 70 mile cycle ride. We’re asking them commit to raising at least £100 for their favourite charity and we’ll match the funds they’ve raised up to a maximum of £350.
Take a Chance
Vodafone employees based at our headquarters in Newbury have spent 799 hours mentoring 50 young people from West Berkshire schools in 2013/14 through the Take a Chance programme. Take a Chance is run by the Education Business Partnership West Berkshire. Over the past 7 years we’ve worked with 10 schools across the county to support the personal development of 350 students between the ages of 14 and 16. More than 270 employees have volunteered as Vodafone Business Buddies, dedicating their time and experience to mentor and coach the students, improving their self-confidence, motivation and life skills. Students are invited to Vodafone HQ and take part in workshops designed provide an insight into how business works and develop skills for the future.
Every year, the Education Business Partnership runs an Enterprise Skills Day at Newbury Racecourse. Students spend the day working alongside Vodafone employees taking part in some inspiring challenges to see who is right for the scheme. Since we started Take a Chance, 900 students and 232 employees have taken part in an Enterprise Skills Day.