Why did you decide to go for Investing in Volunteers?
To maximise the quality of our volunteer engagement to:
- Increase the Personal Development of our volunteers
- Increase the quality of our programme delivery
- Become more in touch with local businesses and their staff
- Increase the awareness of Young Enterprise and the work that we do across Northern Ireland
What benefits have you found from working towards Investing in Volunteers?
- Recognising the fact that valuable work has already been carried out
- Encouraging staff to contribute to the process using their ideas and what has worked well for them in their experience and continuing to do so in the future
- Building on this work wherever possible
- It has given a fresh perspective to in approaching issues.
What was your experience of the assessment process in your organisation.
The assessment process was efficient and well run. The assessors were well informed and had an understanding of the work of Young Enterprise which made it easy for them to engage with the volunteers. This was reflected in feedback we received from volunteers.
5 Practical tips you would give another organisation working towards Investing in Volunteers
- Communicate with staff and volunteers to make them aware of the process and the benefits of working towards assessment
- Establish a volunteer working group
- Ensure that staff are trained and apply new policies and processes
- Use the advice and support of Volunteer Now
- Also use the IiV website for guidance