The Volunteer Friendly Award is designed to support Groups that engage with volunteers. Caithness Voluntary Group offers groups local support to achieve this award.
The award is a quality assurance measure indicating that the group adheres to a standard of good practice with volunteers.
What does it involve?
Someone within your organisation must create an evidence folder to show how it engages with volunteers.
This is based around the 5 strands:
1= Commitment to involving volunteers [understanding why your group uses volunteers]
2= Making volunteering Happen [management,policies, materials needed etc]
3= Fair & Equal volunteering [Equality, fair recruitment, reference checks, application forms etc]
4= Volunteering Tasks & getting them done [Developing task description, training, development of individual volunteers]
5= Celebrating Volunteer's Contributions
When the folder of evidence is completed it is sent away to be independently assessed.If successful the group will be awarded a plaque and certificate. they will also be entitled to use the logo on correspondence, valid for 3 years.
Catherine at CVG is on hand to support the group and help get started. A toolkit is available or groups registering.
Caithness Groups achieving this award are: Homestart Caithness, Wick Youth Club, Thurso 1st Boys Brigade, N.O.S.C.A [North of Scotland Childcare Association], British Red Cross, Homeaid, Key Community supports, The Laurandy Centre, Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau.
If I sign up, how long does it take?
There is no specific timescale, it is flexible depending on the time resources of the person responsible.
How much does it cost?
It is free, only cost is a donation towards the plaque & certificate of £15
Why would my group do this?
The benefits of achieving this award means that the group complies with a quality assurance 'stamp' with their volunteers.
It shows that the group is willing to develop it's services.
It indicates to potential funders that it is progressing and engaging volunteers
It helps with the recruitment, retention and development of volunteers
and it refreshes and updates existing practices which may be years out of date?
For more information look at the Volunteer Friendly website www.volunteerfriendly.org.uk