Tempo Time Credits reduced pressure on healthcare services through improving volunteers’ quality of life
- Our New Impact Report shows the Value to Volunteers and the Wider Community of the Scheme
- 70% of volunteers using Tempo Time Credits report improved quality of life
- 63% made less use of social care services in 2022
- 64% made less use of GP services in 2022
Our 2022 Impact Report has revealed considerable improvements in many key benchmarks including quality of life, use of social care, use of GP services and physical health. Volunteers using the Tempo Time Credits scheme are also benefiting in other ways with 89% learning new skills and over half getting a job as a result of volunteering.
Since the pandemic volunteers in the Tempo scheme have settled at a slightly older age than the national average, with the 50- 64-year-old group taking up volunteering and sticking with it at least twice a week, with only 8% being occasional volunteers. The 1,100 organisations who are recruiting volunteers in the scheme have saved an estimated £167,000 in recruitment, training, and administration costs as a result.
The theatre, cinema and historical experience recognition partners, who provide opportunities to redeem Tempo Time Credits, have been most widely used with up to 80% of volunteers choosing them. However, many other partners such as gyms and food shops or food boxes have also been popular and over a 3rd have chosen to donate their credits. The choice of recognition partners has increased in 2022 giving the volunteers ever more opportunities.
Overall, 2022 was a bumper year for the charitable organisations using Tempo Time Credits, with 69% saying they were able to recruit more volunteers and the same amount saying the scheme helped them retain volunteers. This shows a 20% improvement on 2021 figures. Some of this may be due to the full digitisation of Tempo Time Credits, making it easier for volunteers, organisations and recognition partners to access the scheme.
“We are really delighted with the results from this year’s Impact report. An independent audit puts the economic and social impact of Tempo at £16m, which makes us incredibly proud. We are grateful to be able to contribute to the reduction in the use of primary health and care services, and to helping improve the quality of life of our volunteers. We couldn’t do any of the work we do without our commissioning partners who offer such valuable opportunities, and our recognition partners, who help us find ways to reward the people who volunteer in such important ways.” – Mark Froud, CEO
Tempo Time Credits is a scheme that allows volunteers to be recognised for their time.
People earn Tempo Time Credits when they volunteer with a charity or community group that is part of the Tempo network. They then use their credits on a wide range of activities, products and services that are provided by a network of recognition partners. Learn more.
For businesses and organisations who are heavily reliant on the volunteer sector, Tempo provides an additional offer to their volunteers when selecting where to provide their time. Learn more.
Read the full impact report here