INTO Volunteering

For INTO employees ready to roll up their sleeves

Volunteering is a terrific way to give something back to your local community or a cause close to your own heart. It’s also a way to develop or hone new skills.

Every INTO University Partnerships employee can take two paid days to volunteer at a non-profit, humanitarian organisation of their choice - The cause has to sit within the wider INTO Giving remit shown in the info-graphic below. Whether it be a local hospice, community gardens or singing classes for people with dementia, it doesn't have to be an education non-profit, just something that you believe in and want to give your time and skills to. And, whilst your there, you're sure to pick up new skills, it's a win win situation!

Of course, if you've spotted an INTO Giving supported project you like the look of volunteering with we can put you in touch with the projects who can help you organise this -

Step-by-step volunteering guidelines

  1. Employee completes volunteering request form available from INTOnet
  2. Manager signs approval
  3. Employee scans and emails manager signed form to INTO Giving and to local INTO HR representative
  4. Employee logs volunteer day(s) on Workday, and manager approves
  5. Employee volunteers get charity (at which they’re volunteering) to sign form verifying employee has completed a specified number of hours
  6. Employee sends INTO Giving any volunteering pictures or videos; INTO Giving promotes online and social media, and adds portfolio of volunteering photos and videos.
  7. Please send pictures and video to


  • Volunteering may be taken as half-days or full days – one-half day, one day, one and a half days, two days – and not numerous one or two hour segments that, in time, total half or full days
  • Volunteering days cannot be used as annual leave
  • Volunteering days are not available to new employees serving their probationary period, where applicable
  • New employees who join INTO in the first half of the financial year (Aug– Jan) receive 2 volunteering days once passing probation; those who join from February onward receive 1 day following passing probation
  • Volunteering days – two per annum 1 Aug - 31 July – are replenished at the start of the financial year (1st August)


  • Employees are responsible for arranging their own transport and food when volunteering (although these are sometimes provided by the host non-profit)
  • Weekend volunteering activities do not earn employees a day off in lieu
  • If a cross-departmental team of employees wish to volunteer, it requires signed approval of all managers whose team members are volunteering
  • The project or charity you volunteer with must fall within our wider remit - if you are unsure if something does, email us for clarification. 

Helpful hints

  • Many charities will list volunteering days on their website, most typically under landing page headings such as ‘Get involved or ‘How you can help’
  • Volunteering needn’t be confined to activities such as cleaning up an outdoor public space, painting a community centre or serving food at a homeless shelter. If you have a particular skill – for example IT, Excel, or graphic design – non-profits also need help in areas of ‘professional’ expertise
  • Wherever appropriate, please send photos or videos of your volunteering (quick blogs very welcome too) to

INTO Employee Volunteering


INTO Giving has twelve philanthropic categories of humanitarian and community organisations at which INTO employees are encouraged to volunteer.

These twelve categories are deliberately broad in scope, so whether it’s a small, local organisation near your home or work, or a regional, national or even international organisation, there is score after score of places where you can volunteer.

Click on the infographic for more information on each area