Surrey County Council staff can volunteer for good causes after a pledge from the leader.
David Hodge has given workers the opportunity to do voluntary work to benefit their communities*.
Mr Hodge, who has been a Rotary International volunteer for more than 20 years, said: “Surrey is lucky to have so many people prepared to work tirelessly for good causes and they add something very special to the quality of life in the county.
“We should do everything possible to support and encourage this volunteer effort and that includes letting our staff give something back to their communities.
“A number of our staff already give up their time during evenings and weekends for the benefit of the community but there are many others who are keen to volunteer but can’t find the time.
“I hope this scheme will make a real difference by encouraging lots more employees to volunteer, whether that be helping clubs and charities or enhancing the environment, and allowing those who already volunteer to do even more.
“In addition, the council will gain as those people doing selfless work will develop new skills that they can put to good use at work.”
Mark Twomey, the council’s deputy head of emergency management, has been volunteering for more than 18 years. He is a divisional officer at St John Ambulance, providing first aid support at major London events and local concerts as well as training volunteers.
He said: “I get great pleasure from helping out other volunteers. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping others and it would be fantastic if more people give up their time for a cause they are passionate about.”
* Staff can volunteer two days a year.
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