Investing in Volunteers

If you are involved in running a youth volunteering programme, you will know that quality matters.

Volunteering needs to involve worthwhile activity, and to be well organised. Volunteers need to feel safe and appreciated for what they do. They need opportunities for personal development and growth. Above all perhaps, it needs to be enjoyable.

If volunteers do not have a positive experience, they vote with their feet!

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for volunteer management. It is useful to any organisation that works with volunteers.

The standard, which can be downloaded free of charge from the website, gives an outline of good practice – in recruitment, maintaining diversity, policies and procedures, support and supervision, volunteer development and more. It is a useful reference when reviewing or developing your volunteer management practices.

If you want to take things further, you can register for an Investing in Volunteers Health Check or to achieve the Investing Volunteer Award.

The Health Check gives you a quick appraisal, conducted by a trained advisor, as to how your practices compare with the Investing Volunteers standard, and what you would need to do to reach the standard.

The full Investing in Volunteers process involves undertaking a self assessment, (with support from an advisor), carrying out development action and, when you are ready, undergoing an assessment, with a view to being awarded the Investing in Volunteers standard. The standard is renewed every three years, and is the badge of quality for volunteer-involving organisations.

You can check out prices and find more information on the WCVA information sheet 4.14 Investing in Volunteers

Register your interest on The Investing in Volunteers website, and someone will telephone you. Or email to discuss the best way forward for your organisation

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Find a volunteering opportunity near you and register your interest. Go on, what are you waiting for? If you don’t try it you won’t know what you’re missing!

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