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).

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.’

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