Online flooring retailer Hinckley launches staff volunteer program


Pictured above: Louise Adams (Hinckley Homeless Group), Ashleigh McKenna (UK Flooring Direct), Charlotte Hawthorne (RSPCA Coventry and District Branch) and Rob Langley-Swain (Make Good Grow)

A Hinckley flooring retailer employing 200 people has launched a volunteer program to provide a paid day off so staff can work for a charity or good cause.

UK Flooring Direct has developed a new ‘Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV)’ scheme which gives all employees a fully paid day to volunteer their services for charity.

The company has partnered with four organizations in the Coventry, Warwickshire and Leicestershire areas to provide their team with options for their volunteer day.

Faye Summers, HR director of UK Flooring Direct, said the company wanted to give staff options when volunteering, but was also open to finding good causes to support.

She said: “UK Flooring Direct has always prided itself on contributing to the local economy and local community, and our new ESV program builds on this.

“Each member of our team will get a fully paid day where they can go out and volunteer and make a difference for a good cause.

“It’s a great way to engage the team, and the feedback we’ve had has been positive, particularly when we know things are tough for a lot of people. The UK Flooring Direct team want to help make the difference.”

Faye said there is evidence that team volunteering helps boost morale and well-being.

She said: “We have teamed up with four local organizations to provide some initial options for the team.

“But we also know that many will have charities and good causes at heart and may choose to offer their support in that direction.

“We are excited to launch and can’t wait to see the great work begin.”

They include the RSPCA Coventry and District Branch, the Hinckley Homeless Group, Shine A Light (a Coventry-based charity which supports families with children affected by cancer) and Warwickshire-based Make Good Grow.

Make Good Grow was founded two years ago as a social enterprise and offers a matching service between companies and individuals who want to volunteer and good causes in need of support.

They can offer their skills to charities, from creating a website to accounting services, and Make Good Grow has 170 organizations registered and looking for support.

Rob Langley-Swain of Make Good Grow said: “It’s great to be partnering with UK Flooring Direct in this way.

“Volunteering and using your professional skills has such an impact on good causes, and that’s where we come in.

“We can match people with organizations that need those skills for a certain job or project.

“It’s a great way to give back.”

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