Purfleet Trust provides housing advice to help people find accommodation, supports them to maintain their tenancies, and runs a Health and Wellbeing Centre. They have held the IiV accreditation since 2013.
What have been the overall benefits of achieving the IiV accreditation?
The overall benefit to our organisation is that the clients, staff and volunteers all realise how important the volunteers are to involve and what a vital part they play in our organisation.
How would you describe the effects of IiV on your organisation?
The effects are that we are all very proud of what we do with our volunteers and feel that as we now have the IV it is more appealing to future volunteers to volunteer with us.
In your opinion, what is the relevance of IiV for your sector?
The relevance in our sector of having the IV is that everyone can see the hard work that we do with our volunteers and that every volunteer is supported and feels like they are making a difference with the volunteer work they are doing with us.
Do you have any advice for other organisations on how to work towards and get the most out of the IiV award?
My advice to other organisations are go for it, you may think there is a lot of work involved but once you start looking you will realise that you have most things in place to cover what is needed to achieve the IV.
Why did you decide to renew your IiV accreditation?
Yes, we did renew the IiV as we wanted to make sure that we are still giving our volunteers the best experience we can while they are volunteering with us.