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).


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.

Civic Reception held in Dundee

16 October 2017

Volunteer Dundee celebrated the 2016-2017 achievers of the Volunteer Friendly Award for excellence in volunteer management at a Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Provost where awards were presented to 20 groups who had achieved or renewed the award by Deputy Lord Provost Bill Campbell.

Groups represented from a wide range of voluntary sector organisations: Brae Riding for the Disabled, Ardler Village Trust, Brooksbank Centre, Boomerang Centre, The Hilltown Project, Starter Packs Dundee, Maxwell Centre, Dundee Carers Centre, Dundee International Womens Centre, Neon Digital, Ninewells Community Garden, Rock Solid Youth Project, Tayberry Enterprises, Discovery Credit Union, Ardler Village Trust, Dundee University Students Association, MidLin Daycare, The Corner, Save by the Bell, Advocating Together, with many volunteers contributing towards the activities and valued services to communities in Dundee.

There are 60 organisations in Dundee who currently hold the award that is renewed every 3 years.

Volunteer Friendly in East Dunbartonshire

16 October 2017

For more information about Volunteer Friendly Award and how you can get involved please contact:

East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action

18 - 20 Townhead, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, G66 1NL

Telephone: 0141 578 6680

Volunteer Friendly in Argyll & Bute

18 January 2016

Argyll & Bute Third Sector Interface has recently signed up to deliver the Volunteer Friendly Award.  We look forward to hearing about the first voluntary organisation to achieve the Award in the area.

Absafe awarded Volunteer Friendly Award in Aberdeen

30 April 2015

ACVO are delighted to announce that Absafe has been awarded the prestigious Volunteer Friendly Award.

 Absafe work to advance safety, stop accidents and save lives. Their vision is to create a safe and happy North East community and last year it opened the interactive education centre, The Safe. Volunteers are a vital part of this in helping to teach people, of all ages, about the importance of safety in an engaging way.

 The Volunteer Friendly Award is an important quality standard developed and co-ordinated nationally by Volunteer Centre Dundee/Voluntary Action Scotland and delivered locally by ACVO, Aberdeen’s Third Sector Interface. The Award recognises charities and community groups who are excellent at involving volunteers, lead best practice in volunteering and enables the Third Sector to continue to offer good volunteering opportunities/experiences. 

 It supports volunteers in making a fantastic, essential and valuable contribution to people and communities in Aberdeen. Through achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award Absafe has shown the strong commitment they have to their volunteers and in continuing to develop volunteering within the organsiation.

 Emma Bellu, Chief Executive of Absafe, said ‘We’re pleased to be recognised and awarded this accolade from ACVO. We’d like to thank all our volunteers for their ongoing support and dedication in helping us to create our vision of The Safe. Without their efforts our vision might not have been realised.’

 Mike Melvin and Liz Howarth, Volunteer Friendly Assessors at ACVO added ‘Absafe makes an essential contribution to improving safety in the North East and it is wonderful that Absafe has achieved the Volunteer Friendly Award.  It is further great testament to the superb work and dedication of staff and volunteers at Absafe’

 Joyce Duncan, ACVO Chief Executive stated ‘volunteers are at the heart of all that is good - with a staggering estimated 7.5 million hours of help contributed every year by volunteers in Aberdeen. This achievement for Absafe is fantastic news and reflects the outstanding contribution and difference volunteers make day in day out in Aberdeen.’

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