The Volunteer Friendly Award

We involve volunteers because they are motivated, have fun helping and tell us it lets them give something back to the community. Volunteers are crucial to Brae.

Mary Sneddon, Centre Manager,
Brae RDA Partnership (Riding for the Disabled).

ACVO is delighted to announce that the Aberdeen Cyrenians have been awarded/ reaccredited with the prestigious Volunteer Friendly Award.

The Volunteer Friendly Award is an important national quality standard developed by Volunteer Dundee and delivered locally by ACVO, Aberdeen’s Third Sector Interface. The Award recognises organisations that evidence excellence in involving volunteers, lead best practice in volunteering and enables groups to continue to offer positive volunteering opportunities/experiences.

The Aberdeen Cyrenians were first awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award 3 years ago (the award lasts for a period of 3 years) and have successfully been reaccredited with the award reflecting sustained excellence in volunteer involvement, continued great commitment to volunteers/volunteering and that the Aberdeen Cyrenians works to the highest standards in involving and supporting volunteers.

The award was presented to Aberdeen Cyrenians by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing who is providing exceptional support to volunteering and encouraging more people to get involved as volunteers at the conclusion of national Volunteers Week Scotland. Kevin extended his thanks and congratulations to the Aberdeen Cyrenians on achieving the award and for all Aberdeen Cyrenians and its volunteers do.

It is a particularly special year for the Aberdeen Cyrenians to be reaccredited/awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award as it is the 50th year of the Aberdeen Cyrenians being set up by a group of student volunteers in 1968. Today the Aberdeen Cyrenians work to meet the needs of people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or affected by homelessness in any way, providing a range of unique, leading edge services – from prevention to resettlement – that make a real difference to the lives of people. All with the tremendous support of 98 volunteers who assist with a range of tasks such as Street Alternatives volunteers, providing hot meals, laundry and personal care facilities to people who are homeless, volunteers helping to sort donations, make up food parcels for homeless people and befrienders who help address social isolation that many homeless people can experience. Further great help is provided by local corporate groups who assist throughout the year voluntary with fundraising events, harvest and Christmas food appeals and parcels for homeless people in Aberdeen. Volunteers have contributed a tremendous 6850 plus hours of volunteering to the Aberdeen Cyrenians this year alone.

Mike Melvin, Volunteer Friendly Assessor at ACVO stated ‘This is an incredible achievement for the Aberdeen Cyrenians. The award is further testament to the superb services Aberdeen Cyrenians provide and the outstanding contribution and difference volunteers make day in day out.’

Joyce Duncan, ACVO Chief Executive added ‘volunteers are at the heart of all that is good in Aberdeen’s communities. This achievement for the Aberdeen Cyrenians reflects the tremendous contribution and difference volunteers make and Aberdeen Cyrenians commitment to volunteers. Congratulations to all involved.’


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