What have been the overall benefits of achieving/renewing the IiV accreditation?
The benefits include the following: External recognition of quality, processes, procedures. This is important for the organisation, service users, partner organisations and funders as it helps to demonstrate and evidence ethos, trust, quality and commitment The accreditation process helps to identify areas for continual improvement as well as recognising the good work carried out in support by staff and volunteers Opportunity for volunteers to participate, have their say and contribute to the process
Please provide a quote that sums up the IiV experience for your organisation
“Achieving the Investing in Volunteers accreditation for the third time is fantastic. The accreditation process keeps us on our toes and up-to-date. It helps identify how we can continue to improve and develop the way we support and train volunteers in a variety of roles and activities. Investing in Volunteers demonstrates SNAP Cymru's dedication and commitment to sector best practice and helps to recognise the amazing work volunteers do throughout our organisation and in the local community. We would not manage the high demand for our services without the support of our amazing volunteers who generously gift their time delivering high quality services to families, children and young people. I am very proud of all of them and can’t thank them enough for all their hard work.”
What tips would you give to other organisations working towards Investing in Volunteers?
1. Set aside the time you need to develop processes that suit your organisation
2.Include volunteers throughout. if you can, set up a working group to work through the self-assessment
3. Bring the staff with you. Don't make it arduous by creating too many forms to fill in
4.Recognise commitment from staff
5. Ask for help from the IiV team