Humankind, formerly DISC, support people with complex health and social needs and help them to build healthier and more meaningful lives. They've held the IiV accreditation since April 2015 and successfully renewed in July this year. Ann Hall, Volunteer Development Manager, discusses how IiV strengthens their volunteer programme and she gives advice to organisations working towards achieving the standard.
Experience Durham Student Volunteering at Durham University decided to renew their IiV quality mark earlier this year after achieving the award in January 2016. Senior Support Officer Jackie Lowes reflects on their IiV journey and its benefits: "IiV ensures that we continue to maintain our high standards".
One Housing Group is a housing association based in London and the South East. They manage 16,000 homes and provide support to residents who needs special help through their social care arm, One Support. They recently celebrated their volunteer involvement and IiV achievement, which Volunteer Manager Yusef Buchanan summarises as "a good way of revaluating your programme to ensure it is fit for purpose".
Groundwork Wales is an environmental charity, helping communities across Wales create better neighbourhoods, build skills and job prospects and to live and work in a greener way. We achieve this through our variety of projects, from community garden projects to furniture revival stores. Each project sets out to improve the lives and life chances of our volunteers, the landscape and people living in local communities
The University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU) is one of the largest student unions in the UK and achieved the standard in 2012 and 2016. Volunteer Manager Mark Lockett explains why IiV is important for the higher education sector and what the positive effects have been on UPSU: "better relationships, improved problem solving, and developed common training and induction processes".
South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health has held the IiV award for almost three years now. Keith Stanley, former Business Manager, discusses the benefits of external verification for their volunteers, staff, potential funders and for the mental health sector in general: “IiV provides substance to claims about the importance of volunteers”.
The British Tinnitus Association, IiV achiever of 2015, operates in a competitive volunteer environment. Colette Bunker, Volunteering and Support Groups Manager, elaborates on the "invaluable" function of IiV on recruiting, diversifying and growing their groups of volunteers as well as paid staff: "IiV gives us a distinct advantage over other organisations in our area."