What have been the overall benefits of achieving/renewing the IiV accreditation?
At Taff we are committed to raising aspirations and core fund a careers programme called ‘Building Futures’. The award shows that Taff has volunteering embedded right across the association, values volunteers and tailors placements to the individual. Using the Investing in Volunteer’s standard as a framework, quality has always been central to the programme’s success. When a 3 year WCVA funding pot came to an end in 2016, Taff made the decision to core fund the programme so it could continue to change lives. Over 140 volunteers have engaged over the programmes lifespan to date. They have contributed over £150,000 in unpaid hours to the economy of Wales whilst developing their skills and helping support communities. We hope that achieving the standard will continue to strengthen our reputation as one of the best housing related employment support programmes in Wales and encourage more people to volunteer.
Please provide a quote that sums up the IiV experience for your organisation
We are really proud to be the first Housing Association in Wales to achieve IiV!! Throughout the process we have received ongoing support from WCVA. Using the indicators as guidelines we were able to evidence how we had met each area. The process of achieving the standard gave us an opportunity to scruitinse all areas of our volunteering programme and dedicate time and resources to doing so.
What tips would you give to other organisations working towards Investing in Volunteers?
- 1. Follow the standard when setting up a volunteering project
- 2. Ensure you have evidence for each area
- 3. Get staff and volunteers involved in the process in the early stages