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Report: Day off needed for volunteering

Published: Tuesday, 03 June 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Employees should be given time off work for charity work or volunteering, a new report has claimed.

A cross-party group of MPs and volunteering experts headed by Labour peer Baroness Morgan of Huyton has recommended workers and students be given up to eight hours a year off work for such aims.

It was reported how employees currently have to take holiday time to participate in volunteering, despite many business owners valuing individual skills gained from volunteering.

Baroness Morgan said that although people realise the benefits of volunteering there are barriers to many young adults looking to get involved.

She added: "I hope that our recommendations will make a difference in clearing the way for young adults to make the most of volunteering.

"The benefits gained through volunteering for both young adults and society have been widely documented."

The inquiry is recommending the introduction of an optional accredited scheme for employers, rather than mandatory time off work for all workers.

Baroness Morgan's announcement coincided with the start of National Volunteering Week.

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