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Introducing Indigo Mentors: the Corporate Volunteering opportunity your team will love

Corporate volunteering is the hidden gem of workplace success and employee satisfaction; don’t believe us?


In a recent research programme carried out by Oxford University's Well-being Research Centre*, the effects of 90 popular workplace mental health interventions on employee well-being were documented for 46,000 employees across 233 UK-based organisations. When pitted against workplace wellness solutions - including mindfulness seminars, resilience workshops, relaxation classes coaching sessions and apps - one intervention triumphed: volunteering.


However, in-person volunteering is not always an option for businesses or employees alike. 


For businesses, organising group voluntary activities can be an expensive and lengthy logistical process. For individuals with full-time roles and external responsibilities, leaving behind a career and personal network for month-long volunteering opportunities is simply not feasible. No matter the extent of a person’s commitment to helping, industry professionals can face substantial barriers when it comes to volunteering.


Our solution? Remote volunteering with an impact!



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What exactly is remote Corporate Volunteering?


Remote volunteering refers to any type of volunteering that allows people to offer their time, skills and expertise through an online platform, rather than being physically present in a specific location. Remote volunteering  grew significantly in shape and scope since the COVID-19 pandemic, when lockdowns forced the world to look to new opportunities for digital connections and collaboration. 


Embracing the new digital era,humanitarian work is no longer hindered by geographical location or physical restrictions - remote volunteers make a difference wherever they are in the world.


For corporations, remote volunteering involves giving employees the opportunity to volunteer for a non-profit through their volunteer days, which fosters a positive company culture centred around social responsibility and employee well-being.


Remote volunteering through Indigo Mentors


At Indigo, we are committed to making volunteering more accessible. At the end of 2023, we embarked on planning Indigo Mentors, a new branch of Indigo that breaks down the barriers between corporates and charity partners through remote volunteering. 


Indigo Mentors provides employees with an opportunity to utilise their volunteer days in a specialised and thoughtful way, combining high impact with improve skills, well-being, and engagement. Employees signing up for Indigo Mentors can provide mentorship, training, and consultations to charities in the humanitarian sector that need guidance to further their mission.


Employees participating in Indigo Mentors can support a charity through:

  • Training[s]

  • Consultation

  • Short-term, direct project assistance

  • Long-term mentorship

  • Short-term mentorship


In a broad spectrum of topics like:


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Is Indigo Mentors right for your business?


What is so unique about Indigo Mentors is that it is so specialised, that it directly benefits everyone involved: the volunteer (your employee), the volunteer’s employer (your business), and the charity receiving the mentorship. 


Here is how:


For your business

Stronger recruitment and retention

  • Effective CSR programmes boost market value, attract talent, and cut staff turnover

  • An effective CSR programme with volunteering opportunities will help your company stand out to candidates looking for purpose-driven businesses.

  • Offering skills-based mentorship opportunities is an extremely appealing factor for candidates searching for upskilling and career progression opportunities.

  • Opportunities for employees to contribute to meaningful social causes can create feelings of fulfilment, thus boosting job satisfaction, motivation and retention.

Enhanced corporate social responsibility

  • Remote volunteering allows corporations to demonstrate their commitment and values around social responsibility. 

  • An opportunity to connect your business and CSR/ESG goals to wider Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Unique use of volunteer days

  • Indigo Mentors provides a unique opportunity for employees to use their volunteer days whilst developing  their skill-set

Employee engagement

  • Making volunteering accessible to all employees promotes inclusiveness and employee engagement as they will be supporting causes they truly care about. Employees that are engaged are more productive, motivated, and inspired. 

  • Virtual volunteering opportunities can also help employees feel connected to the company’s vision and values.

Employee development

  • Through specialised matching, your employee will engage in volunteering projects aligned with their expertise, enabling skill growth while making a positive impact


For employees (ie. future mentors)

Employee well-being

Employee professional development

  • Mentorship can help develop employees’ soft skills, such as presentation, communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills

  • Mentorship also develops employees’ technical professional skills through advising and providing pro bono support in their field of expertise.

  • Volunteering in particular can reinforce existing skills by providing opportunities to apply those skills in a different setting, and through opportunities not normally accessible in the employee’s day-to-day role.

  • Acting as a mentor demonstrates employees’ suitability for career progression.

  • Skill acquisition and development through mentorship is a rewarding experience that can contribute to an employees’ confidence in their abilities. 


For the charities

Visibility

  • Indigo Mentors will elevate the professional visibility of the charity’s impact and help expand their network within corporate circles. 

Long-term sustainability

  • Receiving pro-bono expertise for professional development, up-skilling and knowledge sharing will facilitate the charity’s long-term success and sustainability.

Recruitment challenges

  • Indigo Mentors directly alleviates recruitment and retention challenges faced by charity partners by ensuring a steady influx of skilled, long-term volunteers

Receiving tailored support

  • With Indigo‘s expert knowledge of our partners‘ needs, you can be confident your employees will be providing specialist support where it is needed most.


You can find out more about the benefits of Indigo Mentors for businesses and charity partners here.


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Why choose Indigo?


Since 2012, Indigo has matched over 4,500 volunteers with our charity partners;

  • We have over 10 years of experience in specialised volunteer placements. 

  • We maintain an open and constant dialogue with our charity partners, as this places us in the best position to understand the skills and support needed by organisations on the ground. 

  • We will support your employees through access to multiple support resources: a Welcome Pack, access to training opportunities, well-being resources, and support if an incident occurs during the mentorship.


With Indigo, your employees can be matched with any of our 40 charity partners supporting refugees across the European migration route. All partners are dedicated to offering real, direct support to refugees across a multitude of areas:


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See more about our partners here


With Indigo, you can be confident that your employees will be matched where their skills and expertise will be needed most


Ready for the next step?


Take your business’ Corporate Volunteering to the next level by getting in touch through our registration form


Invest in your business. 

Invest in your employees. 

Invest in Indigo Mentors.






 

*Fleming, W.J. (2024) ‘Employee well‐being outcomes from individual‐level mental health interventions: Cross‐sectional evidence from the United Kingdom’, Industrial Relations Journal doi:10.1111/irj.12418.


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