What have been the overall benefits of achieving/renewing the IiV accreditation?
That we have relevant up to policies and procedures in place and that the staff and volunteers are aware of these. That we can let potential funders know that we have been successful and that we have an Organisation that works well with volunteers
Please provide a quote that sums up the IiV experience for your organisation
'We decided to undertake the process of the Investing in Volunteers Award to ensure that we were continuing to follow the policies and procedures that we put in place to support our valuable volunteers. We were honoured to be successful in achieving the award three years ago and this time around were delighted that our continued support and admiration for our volunteers enabled us to succeed for the award this time’.
'When we recruit volunteers for our projects our main aim is to give to them the experience, skills and support that they deserve and it is our way of thanking them for giving up their valuable time that they devote to us and continuing our projects. Without valuable volunteers of all ages then many of our projects would not be as successful as they have been. Their contribution makes a huge difference to ourselves and our local community and we are delighted that our commitment to providing quality volunteer opportunities has been demonstrated by us achieving this award’.
What are your 5 practical tips for another organisation working towards Investing in Volunteers?
1. - Dont be put off by the paperwork required as this just ensures that you are upto date with the day to day running of your offices