Over 40 volunteers are involved with the charity in many different roles from befriending to gardening at services across Northern Ireland, including Belfast, Lurgan, Omagh, L'Derry and Banbridge.
Each of the Northern Ireland services was presented with the award by Sandra Adair of Volunteer Now at a special ceremony in Lisburn Civic Centre. Director of operations, Northern Ireland Tonya McCormac said: 'We are absolutely delighted to receive this award for volunteering. It demonstrates our continuous commitment to supporting and developing volunteering in our services across Northern Ireland. Our volunteers play a vital role in our support for disabled people.'
Lady Christine Eames, OBE, trustee for NI, said: 'The Investing in Volunteers Award demonstrates how highly we value our volunteers. They bring a much appreciated extra dimension to our charity and in turn are themselves greatly enriched.'
(Lady Christine Eames, OBE, Trustee for NI, Sandra Adair, Director Policy & Capacity Building, Volunteer Now, and Tonya McCormac, Director of Operations, LCD NI)
Volunteers and staff from across Leonard Cheshire Disability Northern Ireland services were involved in the assessment for the award in November 2012. Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. In achieving their award for the next three years, they have demonstrated a commitment to policies, procedures and practice which value volunteers and support positive volunteering experiences.
Over 650 organisations of all sizes have already achieved this quality accreditation throughout the UK, with 60 holding the award in Northern Ireland.