David Cameron’s latest election wheeze, to require employers of more than 250 staff to give employees three days’ ‘volunteering’ a year, is misleadingly described.
In my world, if people are being paid they are not ‘volunteering’. The point of volunteering is to give your time, expertise and energy for free, to help others—not to be paid for it.
For instance, the Ramblers have over 25,000 volunteers, who clear paths, lead walks, object to path changes and planning applications, organise social events, take minutes at meetings and much more. They would not dream of being paid for their time to do this work.
What David Cameron proposes is in fact paid social work.