Volunteering policy

Volunteering policy

Providing our colleagues with the opportunity to volunteer in the community is an important part of our approach to working at Shoosmiths. We want to make a meaningful difference to the communities in which we operate.

In recognising that community organisations are attempting to address particular socio-economic or environmental challenges in society we can provide support in a variety of ways that will help organisations to deliver their goals.

We provide a range of opportunities for colleagues, individually or as teams, to enable everyone to use their professional and personal skills to the benefit of the organisation they are volunteering for, as well as for themselves and the firm.

Volunteering may typically involve coaching, mentoring, membership of committees, imparting of particular professional skills or partaking in team challenges and we provide a range of opportunities that enable colleagues to live our values.

We encourage colleagues to volunteer one paid for day a year during work time. We equally recognise that there are a number of volunteering activities which require a commitment of more than one day a year, such as coaching and mentoring and we provide additional opportunities as appropriate to help colleagues in their professional development. All volunteering requests, including an application for additional paid for volunteering time must be approved by the line manager and not conflict with business priorities.

Organisers of volunteering activities are required to complete a number of checks before the volunteering takes place to ensure everyone is safe and adequately insured.

Individuals must record the time spent after the task is completed. This enables us to monitor the number and type of groups supported and therefore our approach to developing sustainable community relationships. Individuals are asked to maintain records of their completed volunteering activity to use as part of their annual appraisal process. These records enable colleagues to highlight the impacts of their volunteering in order to understand any benefits achieved for the community organisation supported as well as for the employee.

Date: 22 April 2015
Signed: Claire Rowe
Chief executive