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Coronavirus: Staff given paid leave to volunteer for charities and community groups

Posted onPosted on 8th Apr

Charities and community groups in Mansfield, battling to help the most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis, are set to get a helping hand from local gas distributor, Cadent.

The Midlands-based company, which has staff working across Nottinghamshire, is rallying employees to support local organisations that are helping the most needy during the pandemic by offering to pay employees who volunteer during their working hours.

Cadent staff are being offered two days of paid volunteer leave each month to support local charities during their working hours – whether that’s helping out at a food bank or joining a local group to deliver medicines and food supplies to vulnerable people who are self-isolating.

Chief executive Steve Fraser said: “We are a community-based company with a strong track record in supporting vulnerable people. In a time of national crisis we felt it was right to step up that support for those who most need our help.

“Our staff are doing a fantastic job, keeping people warm and safe during this difficult time. We know that many want to support efforts to help the most vulnerable but because of childcare or other obligations, are not able to do it in their own time.

“This is why we are offering staff two days of paid volunteer leave per month if they want to help out during their working hours. If every member of staff took up this offer that would be 8,000 volunteering days each month.”

Initially, the scheme will run during April and May. The company will review the scheme in May, based on the latest Government advice, operational factors and the success of the first two months.

The scheme is in addition to the new statutory Employee Volunteering Leave brought in by the Coronavirus Act 2020, which is targeted at workers who have suitable medical or social care skills and experience and can support health and social care organisations.