Sue is a training manager in the HR department at Sony UK.
She recently took up the opportunity to do some volunteering through the company’s employee volunteering scheme, Sony Engage, run by TimeBank where she spent the day at a nature reserve building a bridge with six other members of her team.
A youth leader at her local church and a volunteer with The Princes Trust, Sue is a real advocate for volunteering.
“I love volunteering”, she says. “It gives you energy and I’ve always felt the need to give something back.”
Sue is well aware of the array of benefits it can offer an individual. That is why she pushed for the company to run its own employee volunteering scheme, which it has now been running for just over a year.
Sue believes that volunteering is an important part of the company’s work. She says:
“Sony is passionate about volunteering. This is why we approached TimeBank in the first place. We want to make sure we’re using people’s talents, strengths and passions to enhance the community as well as our work. Volunteering in the recession is vital as it gives staff a great feel good factor. It offers team bonding whilst also making staff feel that they are doing something worthwhile.”
TimeBank knows that employee volunteering is a great way to introduce volunteering to people that may not have considered it before and for employers it can be a valuable way of adding benefits to an organisation – it’s great for team building and boosting morale, it encourages cross company working whilst also raising company profile within the local community.