Get Paid By Your Employer to Volunteer?

David Cameron announces 15 million workers will get three days paid volunteering leave each year. But did you know that lots of companies already offer something similar?
Personally, I think its a brilliant idea. Busy people don’t like to give up their weekends but if you could have Monday to spend volunteering you would probably find it much more appealing. 3 days is not much, but imagine if everyone did 3 full volunteering days every year? Many small charities rely heavily on volunteers to survive.
I found this great article from last year on why employers should pay their workers to volunteer; 
The benefits of volunteerism are clear. It is very easy to become wrapped up in your busy routine of work, the daily pressures of life and volunteering is such a great way to regain perspective. It is an opportunity to become active in your community. It’s a great way to engage with social issues and a chance to share skills and experience.
While I think the concept is great, especially, if big businesses foot the bill (like the ones who already have a volunteer scheme in place) there are a lot of concerns surrounding Cameron’s proposal. Namely, funding for public sector workers. Who will cover a nurse or teacher if they are volunteering, and who will pay for the cover?
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!

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