Last year, Dorothy House Hospice Care achieved the IiV quality mark for the fourth time in a row. Stephen Dale, Head of Community Partnerships at the organisation, gives advice on how to benefit from the IiV accreditation and discusses the relevance of IiV for the healthcare sector.
Who is in a better position to give advice on how to best approach the various stages in the IiV assessment process than its achievers? Have a look at their top tips to guide you in preparing for IiV; completing your self-assessment and development plan; and getting the most out of your IiV award.
We have asked IiV achievers to share their knowledge and expertise with other organisations looking to start their IiV journey. These are some of their suggestions:
After achieving IiV no less than four times, Sally Dyson at Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Trust reflects on the value of IiV for her organisation and the healthcare sector.
As IiV Programme Manager, the number 1 concern I hear from organisations about to start Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is time constraints. When I go out and meet organisations the first question they ask is “how long does it take?”. I wish I could give them a definitive answer but it varies from organisation to organisation; factors such as number of staff involved, how embedded a volunteer programme is and how much of a priority IiV is within the organisation impact on the length of time taken to achieve. The majority of achievers take between 6-12 months.
We recently invited IiV achievers to feed back in one word what the biggest impact has been on their volunteers, here are the results:
Four-time IiV achiever Kent Union gives an account of the impact of achieving IiV on their organisation and what advice they would give to fellow Students’ Unions.
Two-time IiV Achiever Reading Museum gives an account of the impact of achieving IiV on their organisation and what advice they would give to fellow Heritage organisations.