The Volunteer Friendly Award

We involve volunteers because they are motivated, have fun helping and tell us it lets them give something back to the community. Volunteers are crucial to Brae.

Mary Sneddon, Centre Manager,
Brae RDA Partnership (Riding for the Disabled).

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Dial Op & Go Achieve Volunteer Friendly Award in Dundee

13 August 2018

Dial Op & Go Achieve Volunteer Friendly Award in Dundee

Dial Op & Go recently were awarded their Volunteer Friendly Award by Wendy Taylor, Team Leader Volunteering, Volunteer Dundee.

 

With 29 areas now delivering Volunteer Friendly Award across Scotland it is easier than ever to get support to achieve the award.

Take a look at the Volunteer Friendly across Scotland page and see if it is delivered in your area. If not then contact us at Volunteer Dundee and we can find out if a neighbouring area would be able to help. The award has been achieved by over 400 organisations across Scotland with many of them going on to renew after 3 years.


First Care Homes in Scotland achieve Volunteer Friendly Award

31 July 2018

First 2 Care Homes in Scotland achieve Volunteer Friendly Award

Congratulations go to the first 2 care homes in Scotland who have achieved the Volunteer Friendly Award quality standard in Volunteer Management:  Menzieshill House and Craigie House in Dundee have shown their commitment to effectively involving volunteers within their homes.

 “We are delighted to award both these care homes with the Volunteer Friendly Award and it is great to see opportunities for people to volunteer within a care home setting which will have great benefits for both residents and volunteers. Anyone applying to these care homes to volunteer can do so in the knowledge that they will be well managed and supported”

 Wendy Taylor, Volunteering Team Leader, Volunteer Dundee

Each care home has demonstrated excellent volunteer management practice providing evidence that they are committed to involving volunteers effectively and fairly following the five strands of the Volunteer Friendly Award. The care homes had worked with Anne Leslie of Volunteer Dundee who supported them to develop their own framework, practices and procedures to support volunteers within each home. At the end of this project each care home was successfully assessed to show that they met the award standards.

 

“The support received from Anne was invaluable to aid understanding in how to effectively support volunteers. The volunteer support folders established, helped to guide us through good practice and is an easy to use toolkit to ensure both volunteers and residents get the most from the experience.”

 Angela Smith, Resource Manager, Dundee Health & Social Care Partnership

 “We are happy to have welcomed our first volunteers into our care home. The direction and support from Volunteer Dundee and in particular Anne Leslie was invaluable in ensuring that we have a robust process in place to recruit and support new volunteers and we are delighted to have achieved the Volunteer Friendly Award at the end of the process”

 Lynn Thain, Team Manager, Menzieshill House

Photo caption “Volunteer Friendly Award Plaques presented to the first two care homes in Scotland ”

From left  Angela Smith, Resource Manager  Dundee Health & Social Care Partnership, Sarah Clark, Team Manager (Craigie House), Lynn Thain, Team Manager ( Menzieshill House), Wendy Taylor, Team Leader Volunteer Dundee 

With 29 areas now delivering Volunteer Friendly Award across Scotland it is easier than ever to get support to achieve the award.

Take a look at the Volunteer Friendly across Scotland page and see if it is delivered in your area. If not then contact us at Volunteer Dundee and we can find out if a neighbouring area would be able to help. The award has been achieved by over 600 organisations across Scotland with many of them going on to renew after 3 years.


Forth Valley Sensory Centre Gets Volunteer Friendly

31 July 2018

Forth Valley Sensory Centre Gets Volunteer Friendly

Centre Awarded Volunteer Friendly Status by CVS Falkirk

Forth Valley Sensory Centre has been recognised as one of the best places to volunteer in Falkirk and Forth Valley after achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award. The award is presented to organisations who can prove they are committed to fair and equal volunteering, getting the right opportunities, recognising success and making volunteering happen.

The award to Forth Valley Sensory Centre comes after a long period of evidence gathering, developing new support methods and volunteer policies in order to comply with the strong principles of the award.

 “I’m delighted to be presenting this award to Forth Valley Sensory Centre,” says Jen Kerr, incoming CEO of CVS Falkirk.  “As a newcomer to Falkirk, it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to get a sense of the incredible work being done in our sector. Volunteering organisations like Forth Valley Sensory Centre offer people the chance to develop their skills, their confidence, and make new and lasting connections, something that’s becoming more and more important, especially in terms of health and wellbeing.

 Achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award recognises the Sensory Centre’s commitment to their volunteers and everyone who uses the centre, to making sure they are happy, safe and fulfilled, and receive the most from their experiences. There’s no denying the impact our third sector has in Falkirk, and Forth Valley Sensory Centre has been a huge part of that, and with this award, will clearly continue to be.”

Set up by the Volunteer Centre in Dundee, the Volunteer Friendly Award is designed to help organisations develop and follow best practise techniques when it comes to recruiting, utilising and supporting volunteers.

 Jacquie Winning, Forth Valley Sensory Centre Manager said; “We could not do what we do without our volunteers. We support people of all ages with all levels of sight or hearing loss from children to pensioners from mild hearing problems to profound deafness or age related sight conditions to complete blindness, everyone can benefit from our groups, classes and support.

 “Our volunteers support us in a multitude of ways including providing transport, gardening and supporting our fundraising events. Their dedication, as with many charities across Scotland, is critical to our work and vital for our Centre Users. We wanted to ensure that we were doing the best for them and what better way than having an independent audit of our approach? We are ecstatic to have gained our Volunteer Friendly Award.”

 

With 29 areas now delivering Volunteer Friendly Award across Scotland it is easier than ever to get support to achieve the award.

Take a look at the Volunteer Friendly across Scotland page and see if it is delivered in your area. If not then contact us at Volunteer Dundee and we can find out if a neighbouring area would be able to help. The award has been achieved by over 600 organisations across Scotland with many of them going on to renew after 3 years.


Aberdeen Cyrenians continue to be Volunteer Friendly

14 June 2018

ACVO is delighted to announce that the Aberdeen Cyrenians have been awarded/ reaccredited with the prestigious Volunteer Friendly Award.

The Volunteer Friendly Award is an important national quality standard developed by Volunteer Dundee and delivered locally by ACVO, Aberdeen’s Third Sector Interface. The Award recognises organisations that evidence excellence in involving volunteers, lead best practice in volunteering and enables groups to continue to offer positive volunteering opportunities/experiences.

The Aberdeen Cyrenians were first awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award 3 years ago (the award lasts for a period of 3 years) and have successfully been reaccredited with the award reflecting sustained excellence in volunteer involvement, continued great commitment to volunteers/volunteering and that the Aberdeen Cyrenians works to the highest standards in involving and supporting volunteers.

The award was presented to Aberdeen Cyrenians by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing who is providing exceptional support to volunteering and encouraging more people to get involved as volunteers at the conclusion of national Volunteers Week Scotland. Kevin extended his thanks and congratulations to the Aberdeen Cyrenians on achieving the award and for all Aberdeen Cyrenians and its volunteers do.

It is a particularly special year for the Aberdeen Cyrenians to be reaccredited/awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award as it is the 50th year of the Aberdeen Cyrenians being set up by a group of student volunteers in 1968. Today the Aberdeen Cyrenians work to meet the needs of people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or affected by homelessness in any way, providing a range of unique, leading edge services – from prevention to resettlement – that make a real difference to the lives of people. All with the tremendous support of 98 volunteers who assist with a range of tasks such as Street Alternatives volunteers, providing hot meals, laundry and personal care facilities to people who are homeless, volunteers helping to sort donations, make up food parcels for homeless people and befrienders who help address social isolation that many homeless people can experience. Further great help is provided by local corporate groups who assist throughout the year voluntary with fundraising events, harvest and Christmas food appeals and parcels for homeless people in Aberdeen. Volunteers have contributed a tremendous 6850 plus hours of volunteering to the Aberdeen Cyrenians this year alone.

Mike Melvin, Volunteer Friendly Assessor at ACVO stated ‘This is an incredible achievement for the Aberdeen Cyrenians. The award is further testament to the superb services Aberdeen Cyrenians provide and the outstanding contribution and difference volunteers make day in day out.’

Joyce Duncan, ACVO Chief Executive added ‘volunteers are at the heart of all that is good in Aberdeen’s communities. This achievement for the Aberdeen Cyrenians reflects the tremendous contribution and difference volunteers make and Aberdeen Cyrenians commitment to volunteers. Congratulations to all involved.’

 

 *For more details about the Aberdeen Cyrenians please visit  http://aberdeen-cyrenians.com/

**For further information about volunteering in Aberdeen please visit www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk


Black Watch Castle & Museum in Perth renew Volunteer Friendly Award

14 March 2018

It is great to announce that the Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth continue to demonstrate their commitment to involving volunteers to the standard of Volunteer Friendly Award. They first achieved the accolade 3 years ago.

"The Volunteer Friendly Award has provided a framework to help us design rewarding and quality experiences for our volunteers"  Chief Executive Ann Kinnes, Black Watch Castle & Museum.

Black Watch Museum was supported by Lidia Dye, Development Officer, Perth & Kinross Voluntary Action to achieve the award.

Read more here

For more information on how to achieve Volunteer Friendly Award in Perth and Kinross click here


Volunteer Friendly in 2018

11 January 2018

With 29 areas now delivering Volunteer Friendly Award across Scotland it is easier than ever to get support to achieve the award.

Take a look at the Volunteer Friendly across Scotland page and see if it is delivered in your area. If not then contact us at Volunteer Dundee and we can find out if a neighbouring area would be able to help. The award has been achieved by over 400 organisations iacross Scotland with many of them going on to renew after 3 years. Make it your resolution to achieve the award in 2018 and get in touch to start the process.


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