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If time is money, volunteering should form a central part of our economy and careers

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The use of food banks has jumped as food prices have surged (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

IT IS sobering to imagine what would become of the UK if, one morning, all its 16.3 million volunteers woke up and decided to no longer offer their support.

Businesses, charities, community services, healthcare – every part of our economy would grind to a halt with the realisation of how much we take these dedicated people for granted.

Many City firms play a part in supporting the voluntary sector but there is scope to step up to the plate and do even more. And there is a growing awareness of the role that they can play.

Put frankly, it is in everyone’s interests – both for companies, employees, and the community – for firms to throw their corporate muscle behind “giving schemes”.

Businesses have the power to act as a driving force, empowering staff to give their time and expertise for the benefit of society, in the spirit of the army of heroic volunteers who........

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