What have been the overall benefits of achieving/renewing the IiV accreditation?
It feels good to know that the Project has achieved this award. There is also a renewed confidence shown from partnership organisations. Several volunteers who have trained recently indicated that IIV was improatnt in their decision to volunteer with us. Renewing has again raised the profile of the project in Flintshire, this, in turn, attracts referrals for support, potential staff and volunteers. I have again, managed to secure funding for the Project and am positive that holding the IIV Standard has been instrumental in the success of the application.
Please provide a quote that sums up the IiV experience for your organisation
Its positive!! For our staff Volunteers Partnership Board Stakeholders Partnership oarganisations IIV ensures that we, as a project, continue to grow and develop in line with good practice guidelines
What are your 5 practical tips for another organisation working towards Investing in Volunteers?
1. - Allow enough time to complete
2. - Prepare staff volunteers so that they know what to expect from the process
3. - Dont be afraid to use your assessor- they are a mine of information and can guide you through the process