Start is an initiative aiming to make sustainable living second nature so that everyone can enjoy a better quality of life. Each day of this month has a theme supported by a different brand or organisation. Some upcoming themes are start a local food revolution, start a car sharing revolution and be the start of a shwopping revolution. This week the theme is be the start of more vibrant communities – something that appeals to the National Community Boating Association!
On each day an individual partner will use social media, competitions, events, projects and more to bring their topic to life. There are Pinterest boards with relevant inspirational images. You can also try following the #bethestart hashtag on Twitter. (Tweet to us at @communityboats).
Tomorrow’s theme on 17th May, is Give & Gain Day: The UK’s largest day of action for employee volunteers. The idea is to encourage businesses to allow staff to volunteer during work time. Volunteering can be fun and inspirational: many of those working on community boats around the country are volunteers. Having an employer that supports your volunteering is motivating and can increase employee loyalty.
Each year, Give & Gain Day makes a range of volunteering opportunities available to businesses that want to be a part of it. The official figures from a 2012 survey show that:
49% of people who took part had never volunteered through their company before
95% would volunteer through their company again.
86% felt their employer’s support of volunteering improved their perception of the company
95% felt the work time given to volunteering was repaid by the benefits of the experience.