Welcome to the Scotland section of the Investing in Volunteers website, which is for organisations which are based in Scotland, or are registered as a charity in Scotland.
VDS considers Investing in Volunteers to be a very effective tool to aid development to help ensure that your volunteers’ management is as good as it can be.
When you decide to find out more about IiV, your first step will be to register interest. Please complete the registration form with as much information as possible to allow us to calculate the correct assessment fee for you; the fee is based on the number of volunteers you have, the number of roles and the number of sites/bases you have. The Investing in Volunteers Manager at Volunteer Development Scotland will then contact you to discuss the price and process for your organisation to achieve Investing in Volunteers.
If you are ready to go ahead we will also discuss how you would prefer to pay e.g. pay in full, or in two installments. This payment will last for one year from the date of receipt by VDS, in which time we would expect your organisation to complete the assessment process. Organisations which do not do this may be asked to pay a further fee or to withdraw from the list of registered organisations. Exceptions can be made where circumstances have changed e.g key staff changes - please discuss this with your assigned assessor or the IiV Manager at VDS. If you do decide to withdraw you can, of course, re-register at a later date.
If you are not quite ready for the whole process, but would like to make a start and check out how your organisation's practice matches against the IiV standard we can now offer an alternative approach. This is called, Working Towards IiV and has been developed to encourage organisations to develop their practice - at their own pace and with support. This is an opportunity to make a start and pay only £300 at this stage.
Payment of this initial fee will allow you to have the services of an IiV approved Advisor who will
- Deliver the Introductory workshop at your premises and,
- Give you feedback on your Self-Assessment and suggestions on how to fill gaps in your practice.
By working through the self assessment you will identify the development required in order to meet the IiV standard. If you decide within 12 months of commencing "Working Towards IiV" to go ahead with the final assessment, the £300 you have already paid will be deducted from your fee and is payable before your final assessment. We hope that offering this staged approach will encourage organisations to engage with IiV and enable them to develop their practice and progress to full accreditation.
Contact VDS for more information.