Durham University receives national award for staff volunteering scheme
Released Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A scheme which sees Durham University staff provide their skills and expertise to local community groups and projects has won a prestigious national award.
The University’s Staff Volunteering and Outreach (SVO) programme was presented with the Investing in Volunteers for Employers (liVE) mark by the United Kingdom Volunteering Forum (UKVF).
Durham provides the opportunity for every member of staff to volunteer, in work time, for up to five days a year. Around 450 University staff actively volunteer, representing over 10 per cent of the workforce and in 2010/11 staff contributed more than 3,000 volunteer hours as individuals and as teams.
The liVE mark is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Durham is the first North East University and the first of any of the leading research intensive 1994 Group or Russell Group universities to attain this quality standard.
Dr Andy Cattermole, Durham University’s Head of Staff Volunteering, said:
“This award is a tribute to the many hundreds of Durham University staff who volunteer in local communities every year.
“The University is world renowned for its teaching and research excellence but this award also highlights the world class depth of quality, skill and commitment of our employees.
“We’re immensely proud of the work that our volunteers undertake and hope that this will in some way put the spotlight on their fantastic efforts in supporting a voluntary sector increasingly under pressure due to the current economic climate.”
Dane Gould, of Volunteering England, said:
“Durham’s work on supporting their staff to volunteer in work time is remarkable and an example of the real positive impacts that large employers can make by working with their communities.
“This award reflects not only the impressive impact of the volunteers’ work but also the high standard of support offered to volunteers by the University’s Staff Volunteering team.”
Community groups wanting more information about Durham University’s Staff Volunteering and Outreach programme 0191 334 2199 or visit www.durham.ac.uk/volunteer