Helping our employees make a difference through volunteering
At NFU Mutual we have an employee volunteering programme that enables all of our employees to take time off work to support a good cause in their community.
Employee volunteering supports our ambitions, as a responsible business, to protect rural lives and livelihoods and create healthy communities for our people. Through the scheme, our employees can experience an enjoyable and rewarding teambuilding day with their colleagues, where they can learn something new, meet different people, and make a difference for a good cause.
Our volunteering programme resumed in July 2022 following a pause of more than two years due to Covid. During the second half of the year, 322 of our employees took part in our programme across the UK – giving more than 2,200 volunteering hours over 28 separate volunteering days.
We’ve been busy in 2023 too, with employees volunteering their professional skills to give careers support to local sixth form students.
Making a difference
As our employee volunteering scheme was re-launched after a long break, we have been keen to understand how the programme has been received by our people. 100% of employees who undertook our volunteering feedback survey during 2022 said their volunteering experience was very good or good (86% said very good).
Here are some testimonials from colleagues on their volunteering experience:
Jacqueline Jeffries, Claims Handler in our Belfast office, who volunteered for Rams Island, said: “This was the best workday ever, the sun shone; the water was calm, the island was beautiful, and the craic was mighty. Looking forward to the same next year.”
Sam Baker, Employee Relations Partner in our Tiddington Head Office, who volunteered for Saltisford Canal Trust, said: “It was such a great day-such satisfaction completing a task that was so visible-a change from days on a keyboard and teams.”
We’ve also been keen to understand how our support has made a difference to the community, and we’ve been heartened to hear about how our employees’ volunteering has helped charities to deliver vital services, particularly during these challenging times.
Working with colleagues across our offices, we will continue to engage with further charities for our employee volunteering, to help colleagues find a cause that matters to them, where they can make a real difference in their community.
Find out how our support is helping
Watch our short film on how our volunteering support helped wildlife and conservation charity, The Heart of England Forest.