56% Of British Workers Would Freely Volunteer Their Skills to Fight Poverty

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56% Of British Workers Would Freely Volunteer Their Skills to Fight Poverty

by Sangeeta Haindl

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Results from a U.K. national online poll released on 2 December 2015 show that 56 percent of British full time workers would freely volunteer their skills to fight poverty in a developing country, provided they had the support of their employer. This study, by leading international development charity VSO, commissioned Gorkana to survey 3,000 professionals from a cross-section of sectors such as finance, IT, business and engineering, ahead of International Volunteer Day (5 December). The VSO Knowledge Exchange, established this year is a U.K. government backed initiative, which gives skilled employees from the private sector, an opportunity to volunteer and change lives in some of the world’s poorest places.

There are some reassuring findings from this research. It shows that 68 percent of respondents believe volunteering “improves the lives of others and helps reduce poverty,” and that there is an overwhelming motivation to help reduce poverty.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on women and children; social innovation; social enterprise and social entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She is chairman of and director of London's leading conscious well-being organisation, Alternatives, which hosts leading speakers such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch and many other well-known names. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer; enjoying helping others, paying it forward and being a mum.