Businesses urged to join in Give & Gain Day on 19 May 2017

Business in the Community is calling on organisations across Northern Ireland to sign up to Give & Gain Day, an annual day of employee volunteering which is taking place on Friday 19 May 2017.

Give & Gain Day is a global initiative that encourages businesses to give staff paid time to volunteer to help local good causes and over 30,000 people are expected to take part this year. It gives local community organisations, social enterprises and schools across Northern Ireland the benefit of volunteered resources, skills and knowledge from business. Internationally, Give & Gain Day took place in 36 countries last year including Iran, Hong Kong, Kenya and many more, supporting 554 community organisations across the globe.

This year in Northern Ireland, projects will be taking place in Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Bangor, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cullybackey, Derry~Londonderry, Downpatrick, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Holywood, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Maghera, Murlough Bay, Newtownards, Newtownstewart, Portaferry, Strangford Lough.

Hilary Hanberry, Volunteering Manager, Business in the Community, said: “Give & Gain Day is a celebration of the incredible power of employee volunteering. For one day, every year, thousands of people around the world give up their day jobs and roll up their sleeves to support a local community organisation.

“There’s strong evidence that volunteering brings benefits to both the person volunteering and to the people and organisations that they support. It’s very much a mutually beneficial exchange, helping volunteers to build their skills and confidence, whilst making a positive contribution to local community groups and charities.

“Give & Gain is an opportunity to demonstrate what can be achieved in communities through the power of volunteers – but it’s about more than just one day and we urge businesses that take part to use it as a springboard into deeper long-term engagement in communities across Northern Ireland all year round.”

Sam Davidson, Group Human Resources Director for the Henderson Group, owners of the SPAR franchise in Northern Ireland adds: “We’re very proud to support Give & Gain Day once again this year. At SPAR, we truly believe in the power of volunteering and the good it can do, both for volunteers and the community.

We encourage and enable our employees to volunteer at least once a year.

“Volunteering is a great way for businesses like ours to help to make a real and tangible difference to the communities in which we operate, and I would urge other employers to consider signing up to the challenge.”

Business in the Community is calling on community groups and businesses who’d like to participate in Give & Gain Day to register their interest online http://www.bitcni.org.uk/event/give-gain-day-3/, or by calling (028) 9046 0606.