Employee volunteering with Shelter: a real learning experience

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As Britain’s largest energy supplier, we have a responsibility to invest in and support charities and community organisations.

37,000 hours and counting

One of the ways we do this is through our employee volunteering programme.  We encourage all of our people to take two paid days each year to volunteer for the projects they care about – and those days really do add up.  In 2014 alone, for example, our employees gave a total of more than 37,000 hours of volunteering to a wide range of important projects.

Work with Shelter

We also work together with our national charity partner, Shelter, to help millions of people every year who are struggling with bad housing or homelessness.  As part of the Deregulation Act 2015 the law was changed to make it harder for landlords to evict a tenant for asking for improvements to be made to the condition of a property. This is a huge step towards ending revenge evictions.

Our employees have raised more than £1 million for Shelter, on top of their time spent volunteering.

First-hand experience

So we’re always delighted when our charity partnerships and our employee volunteering get the chance to come together.  One of our directors, Christine McGourty, recently spent some time volunteering at a Shelter Shop in the lead-up to Christmas, swapping her usual meetings for a day of steam-cleaning Christmas jumpers and hunting down prices for designer bags.

‘I was really keen to try out the excellent new British Gas volunteering portal,’ explained Christine, who’s already booked herself in for a busy Saturday at the Shelter Shop.  ‘And doing something for our charity partner, Shelter, ahead of the holiday period seemed the perfect thing to suit me.’

And she’s not alone: we’re set to see 1 in 3 of our employees become volunteers by the end of 2018.

‘The shop manager was delighted to have an extra pair of hands, and it was hugely rewarding for me,’ said Christine.  ‘I learned something, made myself useful, and it felt great to be helping out – I’d urge everyone to give it a go!’


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