Volunteering FAQs

Volunteering is a great way to give someone a hand up, rather than a hand out. Whether you're interested in working with students to improve their interview skills, or with rehabilitated prisoners to boost their confidence, volunteering is a rewarding way to discover how much your time can mean to others.

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Volunteering FAQs

Do I need to tell anyone that I am going to do some volunteering?

Yes, apart from first getting permission to volunteer from your line manager you should contact stephen.barthorpe@mitie.com so that the community investment value can be recorded.

How do I volunteer?

See the 'Apply to be a Volunteer' and 'Our Volunteering opportunities sections.

How many days can I volunteer during work time?

While there is no limit to the number of days that you can volunteer, you will need to be sensitive to the business situation and impact that your absence will have on your colleagues' work load etc. If you are a Mitie person, you will also need to obtain your line manager's approval to volunteer. 

I can't see any suitable volunteering opportunities on the volunteering schedule - can I arrange my own volunteering event?

Yes, of course you can. If you wish to arrange your own volunteering event, it should align with the Mitie Foundation's scope of supporting education, employability or enterprise related activities. 

If you wish to undertake a more practical event, there are many charities and community organisations that would welcome people with appropriate skills and resources to undertake maintenance, gardening, cleaning etc. However, it is important that you ensure that the work is within your skill set and that it will not expose you to undue risk of injury to yourself or harm Mitie's reputation. Appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) must also be worn at all times you are on-site, and a risk assessment by a competent person is undertaken where necessary.

What sort of volunteering can I do?

The Mitie Foundation provides a comprehensive range of volunteering opportunities via a quarterly Volunteering Schedule or Volunteering Calendar (accessed via MiLife). The focus of volunteering we encourage is that which helps disadvantaged sections of society improve their employment prospects and those that support pupils in schools and academies to understand the world of work and inspire them in their future careers.

Who can volunteer?

As Mitie's corporate charity, our volunteers are largely Mitie people. However, anyone can volunteer - whether you're a Mitie client, a member of a partner organisation, or even a member of the public - and we would be very grateful for your support.