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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Triple Celebration for Sue Ryder volunteers in Aberdeen

19 November 2014

ACVO are delighted that Sue Ryder, Aberdeen Services have become the first Sue Ryder service in the country to achieve the Volunteer Friendly Award.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Councillor George Adam presented Sue Ryder with a special plaque and certificate at a ceremony and High Tea for Volunteers at the Station Hotel to mark this major achievement.

The Lord Provost further presented Linda Buchan, a Volunteer Befriender supporting older people who experience loneliness and isolation in the community with a Volunteering in Aberdeen Gold Award which recognizes the valuable contribution that volunteers aged 55 years and over make. Sue Ryder volunteers present also each received a certificate of thanks for the amazing help they provide. The Lord Provost commended and thanked Sue Ryder and all volunteers for the important contribution they make to people, communities and life in Aberdeen-helping make Aberdeen the great city it is.

On receiving news that Sue Ryder had been successful in achieving the award Candice Gilmore, Service Manager and Volunteer Support at Sue Ryder stated ‘We are excited to be recognised for the high quality of standards for our volunteers that one can expect from Sue Ryder.  Volunteers are central to the work we do in our communities and volunteers makes such a positive and lasting difference.  This is reflected regularly in the feedback I hear from socially isolated older people in Aberdeen who our volunteers befriend.   We are happy to join fellow recipients of this award who continually demonstrate excellence in volunteering.’

Mike Melvin, Volunteer Friendly Assessor at ACVO added ‘Sue Ryder’s submission for the Volunteer Friendly Award was of an exceptional standard and reflects the great commitment and value Sue Ryder places on volunteering. The award is testament to the great service Sue Ryder provides and the outstanding contribution and difference volunteers make day in day out.’

Joyce Duncan, ACVO Chief Executive stated ‘volunteers are at the heart of Aberdeen-over 52,000 people now volunteer in Aberdeen, contributing a fantastic estimated 4.4 million hours volunteering every year. This Award is great news for Sue Ryder and for volunteering in Aberdeen. It recognises the importance the city gives to supporting and developing volunteering. ACVO extends its congratulations to all at Sue Ryder.’


Black Watch Castle & Museum achieve Volunteer Friendly in Perthshire

04 September 2014

The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award in recognition of its accomplishment in supporting, training, motivating and valuing its volunteer team.

The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award in recognition of its accomplishment in supporting, training, motivating and valuing its volunteer team.

The Castle and Museum are the ninth organisation in Perth and Kinross to have achieved the award.

The award will be presented to the Castle and Museum by Liz Grant, Provost of Perth and Kinross on Wednesday at 2pm.

Leanor Blackhall, Volunteer and Friends Coordinator explained: “Providing a great volunteer journey is of paramount importance to us; we aim to ensure our volunteers enjoy their experience with us whilst ensuring that the volunteer programme is effectively integrated with the aims and needs of the Museum. Undertaking the Volunteer Friendly Award meant that we had to look at our framework and practices to ensure they meet the quality standards required. Achieving the Award gives the knowledge that we are providing a sound volunteering programme which reflects best practice in the sector.”

Lidia Dye, Development Officer with Voluntary Action Perthshire added: “Working with The Black Watch Castle Museum through the process of achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award has given me the opportunity to find out about their work and how they work with volunteers. I found it heartening to see how they look for ways to include volunteers in their work and make it as enjoyable and worthwhile experience as possible. It was a pleasure working with them.”

The Volunteer Friendly Award is a nationally recognised accolade developed by Dundee Volunteer Centre which rewards organisations who evidence that their volunteer management practice provides effective induction, training, development opportunities and ongoing support and recognition for their volunteers.


Volunteer Friendly Award on Facebook

25 June 2014

We now have a page on Facebook. Please check it out and like and share.

https://www.facebook.com/volunteerfriendly

 


Volunteer Friendly Award in Highlands

25 June 2014

Congratulations to Birchwood Highlands who recently achieved Volunteer Friendly Award from Voluntary Action Lochaber.

Well done to all involved. Check out what other groups have achieved Volunteer Friendly Award in Highlands from our Highland's page.


Volunteer Friendly Award in Aberdeenshire

21 October 2013

Many essential services in Scotland’s communities are enhanced by volunteers. Volunteering also has a significant social value as it is increasingly being used to give excluded individuals the chance to build their confidence and skills through helping others.

It has never been more important for groups to be able to show how good they are at involving and managing their volunteers. Volunteer Friendly helps you to take a systematic look at what you do and how you do it.  It offers a flexible approach which allows your group to work at its own pace, with full support from the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire.

Read recent press coverage from Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire

 

 


Latest Volunteer Friendly achievers in Aberdeenshire

16 September 2013

Grampian Opportunities has become the latest Aberdeenshire charitable organisation to receive a Volunteer Friendly Award at an event held at the St Mary’s Church Centre, Inverurie on Wednesday September 4.  

Grampian Opportunities (GO) supports disabled people and people with mental health problems to have choice and control in their lives.  GO supports its members to increase their confidence and skill levels by providing supported opportunities in admin/office work, marketing, advertising, finance, events organisation, journalism, IT, driving and much more.

GO also runs its own mentoring service –New Explorations Mentoring Service. This gives members the opportunity to explore issues and the chance to talk through experiences and problems with a trained mentor, who will support them to reach a decision with which they are happy and confident about.  GO has a number of other projects including Voices for Change (VfC) which is a peer-led project designed to give disabled people a voice and the chance to give their opinions on the services they receive.

The Volunteer Friendly Award is a simple, user friendly quality standard based on the Investing in Volunteers criteria and was devised by Volunteer Centre Dundee as a way to recognise and reward groups who are good at involving and supporting their volunteers. 

Leanne Smith, a volunteer with Grampian Opportunities (supported by Linda Singer, GO Development Worker) was given the task of putting together a portfolio of evidence which was then assessed by Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire (VCA).

VCA’s Development Officer for Garioch & Formartine, Edith MacDonald said: “This Award is the perfect way for organisations to show their volunteers and the wider community that they recognise the importance volunteers make to their organisation.  GO has become the 7th organisation in Aberdeenshire to achieve the award and I wish to congratulate them on their achievement.  They are now part of a small but very select group”.

Linda Singer, GO Development Worker said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Volunteer Friendly Award, and all at GO wish to acknowledge the work done by Leanne in preparing the portfolio of evidence. 

“Ensuring our volunteers are supported and appreciated is of paramount importance to us, and we are thrilled to have received an award in recognition of this.”

Many essential services in Scotland’s communities are enhanced by volunteers.

Volunteering also has a significant social value as it is increasingly being used to give excluded individuals the chance to build their confidence and skills through helping others.

Source: Inverurie Herald

http://www.inverurieherald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/race-night-in-meldrum-1-3087064

 

 

 


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