During this global crisis it is even more important to us that we engage with our employees to encourage and support their volunteering ambitions, as we truly believe that people who have a purpose outside of their everyday working role are more motivated, healthier and happier.
Volunteering can be fun and fulfilling, allowing our employees to experience many diverse opportunities not always possible elsewhere and that’s why we build volunteering into our culture at Legal & General.
We feel these opportunities build confidence, skills, improves health and allows us to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds.
Our employee volunteering policy shows our commitment to encourage employees to get involved, allowing them time off during working hours and as a reward for volunteering outside of work we offer time matching. Our employees then convert their volunteering time to cash for their charity or community group.
We also encourage all of our employees to volunteer for organisations that matter the most to them and offer support to these activities where needed.
Volunteer Case Studies
Legal & General and The Royal Voluntary Service Telephone Befriending Programme
The Royal Voluntary Service is a national charity built on local volunteering which supports people who need it, in hospitals and communities. The partnership between Royal Voluntary Service and Legal & General began in 2014. Since then Legal & General staff have experienced the rewards of volunteering by supporting the charity’s work in the NHS, running hospital cafés and on-ward retail trolley rounds with the support of local volunteers.
During the recent Covid-19 pandemic, a large population of their members have been forced to self-isolate at home, losing out on the social activities that had been arranged by The Royal Voluntary Service. A large number of Legal and General employees have been participating in a telephone befriending programme, being matched with these vulnerable people across the UK giving them much needed support and comfort during this time. The programme has been so successful it has now been adopted by two further L&G charity partners, Independent Age and Carer’s First.