Birmingham is an exciting city, voted ‘Best Business Environment in Europe’ and ranked as one of the top three most dynamic European cities. The business community in Birmingham has a great legacy of supporting local communities; Joseph Chamberlain and the Cadburys were pioneers of their time.
Here at TimeBank, we want to help businesses carry on this proud tradition of social responsibility. At our Birmingham office we already run projects to support ex-service men, women and families and also to teach English to local residents who are cut off from British life because they can’t speak the language.
Now we want to expand our successful employee volunteering programme across the West Midlands from our office at the Big Peg in the Jewellery Quarter.
Over the last 15 years we’ve worked with major companies like EE, CEB, BP and Balfour Beatty and are very much looking forward to working with more Midlands-based companies.
Research shows that volunteering helps staff develop leadership, decision-making and negotiation skills. It can also help staff develop as individuals, boost morale and improve retention.
Helen Walker, Chief Executive of TimeBank, says: “Volunteering can be a cost- effective option for team building, away days, or offer training and development opportunities for staff. Most importantly, it enables companies to make a real difference in their local communities.”