Vtues
Vtues Ltd
Joined: 31/03/2018
The vision for Vtues is to create a perpetually positive culture shift towards volunteering.

Research shows that 75% of people would volunteer BUT there are barriers.

Vtues makes volunteering more attainable & engaging through rewarded, Micro Volunteering that fits around existing commitments.

By supporting & promoting good employers, volunteering through Vtues could also be completed with paid leave.

Charities, non-profits and social enterprises will be able to tap into any skill they need to raise awareness, increase funding, reduce costs & innovate...
Stroud, UK

So far, we've supported

  • 6 employee volunteers
  • 91 volunteering hours
  • Giving £1342 in time

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5 Powerful Reasons To Support Employee Volunteering

Dec 12 2018 · Vtues Ltd

5 very clear reasons why businesses that support their communities through employee volunteering never look back


Modern consciousness and the critical need to sustain the World brings an expectation on corporations to take responsibility. We hear the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) bandied about and it feels like a heavy undertaking for most businesses but it really does not have to be. It simply calls for a commitment to make basic changes and embed these into your values, no matter how large or small your company is. Those that are visibly making the commitment see great return for their business and one of easiest changes to make is to support meaningful employee volunteering.


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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-powerful-business-reasons-support-employee-anne-thomas/

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Meeting Forward-Thinking Charities

Nov 28 2018 · Anne Thomas: Vtues Ltd
I'm looking forward to meeting forward-thinking Gloucestershire charities at the Tech For Good Programme (https://www.thegrowthhub.biz/workshops/workshops/981) on 6th December at Growth Hub.

I'll be talking through the opportunity around Employee Volunteering and getting hands-on with the Vtues platform.

Some other great speakers over the 2-days including Dan Sutch from CAST and Steve Mitchell There's still a little more time to register if you're a charity with high-growth potential. #techforgood #employeevolunteering
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Calling ALL Businesses: Support Volunteering as a Christmas Gift for Employees & Your Communities

Nov 14 2018 · Anne Thomas: Vtues Ltd
Coming up to December there are a large variety of quick, short-term, volunteering opportunities that would be perfect for your employees to complete:

• Fundraising team activities for The Door, The Chamwell Centre, The Farm Animal Sanctuary & more…

• Web-design project for Naturewatch Foundation – the charity behind World Animal Day

• Many marketing and support opportunities with The Family Haven, Allsorts, Tolfa, Future Trees Trust…

You'd make a huge impact, plus its great for your business too - awareness, skills-development, retention, reputation…

Learn more about the benefits of Introducing Meaningful Employee Volunteering

If you’d like to engage teams in a short-term project or give the gift of ongoing employee-volunteering we can broker opportunities or simply provide access to the Vtues platform where employees find volunteering they want to do.

You’ll have all the tools for managing employee engagement and a public profile that validates your contributions with little or no effort from yourselves.

Contact us to learn more: employees@vtues.com

#CSR #EmployeeEngagement #EmployeeVolunteering #ESV#EmployerSupportedVolunteering #MicroVolunteering
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Steve Mitchell Joins Vtues to Connect Businesses for Employee Volunteering

Nov 08 2018 · Vtues Ltd

We're very happy to have Steve Mitchell join Vtues to connect with businesses in Gloucestershire to engage them in Employee Volunteering.


Steve has vast experience as a 'connector' for both Business In The Community (BITC) and Lloyds Bank working with a wide range of charities to solve their biggest problems by connecting local businesses in CSR activities.


If your company currently supports Employee Volunteering and are looking for new projects or you are looking to implement a ESV program where your employees find their own opportunities then the Vtues platform is ideal for you: https://www.vtues.com/employer-sponsored-volunteering.


Contact: steve@vtues.com or employers@vtues.com


It's great for your Company to have your contributions validated and celebrated and to reward your employees! We have many charities in the area that require skilled volunteers or are looking for teams to engage in fundraising. We look forward to helping!

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Liberated to Help! Removing Key Barriers to Volunteering

Oct 01 2018 · Anne Thomas: Vtues Ltd
This month we launch Vtues for the purpose of liberating people so they CAN volunteer for causes they care about. We will be connecting our first charity and CIC members with socially-conscious businesses and 'liberated' volunteers. We will reach those in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, West Midlands and Bristol but will very quickly expand into the rest of the UK as we develop reward systems for individuals and companies who give their time and energy.

Over the last few weeks we have engaged with so many great organisations who focus on important issues including nature preservation, domestic and sexual abuse, animal welfare, disability, community, waste-reduction and child protection. All of whom depend on volunteers to achieve their purpose.

I personally volunteer time for a number of charities including, very recently, The Farm Animal Sanctuary (patron Joanna Lumley OBE) with my partner. The Charity was founded by Janet Taylor in 1993 and over the last 25 years she has rescued many thousands of animals from abuse and neglect with 500+ currently under her protection. We give general support including tidying, gardening and sorting out donated items to sell. We have also raised money from organising a car boot sale and offered our individual skills as required.
Now, the Farm Animal Sanctuary is situated less than 2 miles from our home yet, despite our physical closeness and the fact that we are dedicated animal supporters, it took us nearly 3 years to reach out to them. For all of that time we had been subject to critical barriers that had prevented us from helping sooner.

The first barrier was that there had been no communication channel through which to fully fix the Sanctuary in our consciousness, the second was that the opportunity to volunteer there had to be sought out with effort from ourselves and the third was that we would need to define and carve-out time from our busy lives in order to help.

There is no fault here on either ours or the Charity’s behalf. These awareness and time barriers exist universally and are reflected on in a number of sector studies. The latest Community Life Survey conducted by DCMS (a government survey of over 10,000 representative participants across the UK) revealed that more than 66% of 25 – 65 year olds do not regularly or formally volunteer because of work commitments. Additionally, 24% of those who do not volunteer said they don’t know of any groups to help or haven’t heard about any opportunities.

I am deeply inspired and excited that we are now on the verge of overcoming these barriers and Vtues exists for this reason. We will connect a huge network of volunteers, charities, social enterprises and businesses to not only drive up awareness of causes like Janet’s but to liberate people to help them. Vtues gives volunteers access to short-term, flexible, opportunities that they can to easily achieve around their existing commitments or through paid volunteering leave from supporting employers.

#LiberatingVolunteers #EmployeeVolunteering #SkillsMatchedVolunteering #MicroVolunteering #CSR #Volunteering #vtues
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Volunteering Begins (at Home) with Key Barriers Removed

Oct 01 2018 · Anne Thomas: Vtues Ltd

Next month we launch Vtues for the purpose of connecting our first charity and CIC members with socially-conscious businesses and sponsored volunteers. We will reach those in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, West Midlands and Bristol but will very quickly expand into the rest of the UK as we develop reward systems for individuals and companies who give their time and energy.


Over the last few weeks we have engaged with so many great organisations who focus on important issues including nature preservation, domestic and sexual abuse, animal welfare, disability, community, waste-reduction and child protection. All of whom depend on volunteers to achieve their purpose.


I personally volunteer time for a number of charities including, very recently, The Farm Animal Sanctuary (patron Joanna Lumley OBE) with my partner. The Charity was founded by Janet Taylor in 1993 and over the last 25 years she has rescued many thousands of animals from abuse and neglect with 500+ currently under her protection. We give general support including tidying, gardening and sorting out donated items to sell. We have also raised money from organising a car boot sale and offered our individual skills as required.


Now, the Farm Animal Sanctuary is situated less than 2 miles from our home yet, despite our physical closeness and the fact that we are dedicated animal supporters, it took us nearly 3 years to reach out to them. For all of that time we had been subject to critical barriers that had prevented us from helping sooner.


The first barrier was that there had been no communication channel through which to fully fix the Sanctuary in our consciousness, the second was that the opportunity to volunteer there had to be sought out with effort from ourselves and the third was that we would need to define and carve-out time from our busy lives in order to help.


There is no fault here on either ours or the Charity’s behalf. These awareness and time barriers exist universally and are reflected on in a number of sector studies. The latest Community Life Survey conducted by DCMS (a government survey of over 10,000 representative participants across the UK) revealed that more than 66% of 25 – 65 year olds do not regularly or formally volunteer because of work commitments. Additionally, 24% of those who do not volunteer said they don’t know of any groups to help or haven’t heard about any opportunities.


I am deeply inspired and excited that we are now on the verge of overcoming these barriers and Vtues exists for this reason. We have the opportunity to connect a huge network of volunteers, charities, social enterprises and businesses to not only drive up awareness of causes like Janet’s but to allow folks to easily help around their existing commitments through matched ‘micro-volunteering’ and paid volunteering leave from supporting employers.

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New World Micro-Volunteers for Voluntary Organisations:

Jul 10 2018 · Anne Thomas: Vtues Ltd
Imagine if you had an on-demand, matched, resource for your every need, to change the World for good

A majority of Charities, Non-Profits and Social Enterprises are entirely cash restricted and depend on external funding for marketing, to manage their operation and engage voluntary support. This hand-to-mouth existence is detrimental to growth and achieving your purpose and you are so reliant on relatively few volunteers.

The vision for Vtues is to create a network of millions of individuals who can and want to respond to the needs of the causes they care about and share their knowledge, passion and skills.

Much research from Government and sector bodies such as NVCO has gone into determining the number of people who actually want to volunteer. The most recent data from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport suggests that up to 75% of people over 16 would volunteer with certain barriers removed. That’s about 39,000,000 potential volunteers in UK alone. BUT there are barriers – life commitments, relevance and awareness of opportunities.

To address this, volunteering has to be made more visible, attainable and engaging to all. There is a clear need for a culture shift towards Micro Volunteering where any individual who wants to support a charity can do this around their existing commitments and is not obliged to give regular, ongoing, hours.

The largest barrier to volunteering is due to work commitments and this applies to over half of potential volunteers so there is a critical need to engage employers to introduce and manage volunteering leave. Vtues will address the barriers:

1.      We make it easy for organisations that need volunteers to post and promote opportunities

2.      We will engage and connect you with a massive network of individuals who could volunteer

3.      We have a platform to match volunteers with you based on skills, location, availability & more – think marketing person, designer, plumber, lawyer, driver, research support, scientist, animal carer, entertainer, fundraiser…and the list just goes on

4.      We will encourage Micro Volunteering with a recommendation of 24 hours each year – that’s not say folks won’t give more. They are likely to once they experience the many personal benefits

5.      We will record, reward and incentivise the efforts of volunteers and they will benefit from skills development, variety and improved wellbeing

6.      We will consult with Employers to help them introduce Employer Sponsored Volunteering and give paid employee volunteering leave to unleash those who are currently constrained by their work

7.      We will promote, accredit and support the good companies that implement employee volunteering

Right now, we will focus on specific parts of the UK to ensure there is a balance of volunteers and businesses for voluntary organisations in those area. We will eventually build up relationships across the entire UK so that the platform is open to all. Beyond that, the rest of the World.

Of course, Vtues doesn’t negate the need for committed employees but it provides a vast opportunity to raise your profile, increase funds, reduce costs and innovate.
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What is Micro Volunteering?

Jul 04 2018 · Anne Thomas: Vtues Ltd
I’m going to explain how giving just a little amount of who you are can make significant and perpetually positive changes to the world and return a lasting sense of satisfaction and reward.

Traditional volunteering demands a lot of time and asks for a great deal of ongoing commitment. It’s also very difficult to find opportunities that fit in and around life and work. For these reasons most of us do not volunteer, even as supporters of certain charities and we’re left feeling a bit helpless and guilty.

Vtues brings a new kind of volunteering to you - Micro Volunteering.

Micro Volunteering allows you to give any amount of time you have, when you can give it, to those that you can help. This could be anything you like. Perhaps just a few minutes here and there doing small favours to support a campaign, a couple of hours looking after someone in your community, time spent fundraising with friends or a day helping out at your local animal shelter.

If you have skills or particular passions you want to share then you’ll be matched to the most suitable volunteering in your area. And no matter what your skills are, whether you’re a web or graphic designer, a plumber or electrician, a lawyer or medical professional, a marketing or social media expert, an accountant or business advisor, an artist or musician you can be certain you are needed.

Vtues is your place for micro volunteering, with a record of everything you’ll ever do. You’ll be empowered to help in the ways you want to and you’ll be rewarded with achievements, recognition, experience and more. It’s the place to find new opportunities and connect with like-minded people and organisations. It’s where you can streamline what causes matter the most to you and rate or give feedback to those organisations you connect with.

If you are already lucky enough to get paid Volunteering Leave, then you can apply to volunteer through Vtues under that scheme. If you don’t have this already, then we can help introduce an Employee Volunteering Program at your work or company that will not only allow you to do Micro-Volunteering but actually benefit your employer…and in the meantime there are loads of ways you can help outside of working hours.

Everything is in place for each of us to give a little of who we are, unleashing billions of hours between us every year that will surely create a surge of positive change for good.
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