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).

Forth Valley Sensory Centre Gets Volunteer Friendly

Centre Awarded Volunteer Friendly Status by CVS Falkirk

Forth Valley Sensory Centre has been recognised as one of the best places to volunteer in Falkirk and Forth Valley after achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award. The award is presented to organisations who can prove they are committed to fair and equal volunteering, getting the right opportunities, recognising success and making volunteering happen.

The award to Forth Valley Sensory Centre comes after a long period of evidence gathering, developing new support methods and volunteer policies in order to comply with the strong principles of the award.

 “I’m delighted to be presenting this award to Forth Valley Sensory Centre,” says Jen Kerr, incoming CEO of CVS Falkirk.  “As a newcomer to Falkirk, it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to get a sense of the incredible work being done in our sector. Volunteering organisations like Forth Valley Sensory Centre offer people the chance to develop their skills, their confidence, and make new and lasting connections, something that’s becoming more and more important, especially in terms of health and wellbeing.

 Achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award recognises the Sensory Centre’s commitment to their volunteers and everyone who uses the centre, to making sure they are happy, safe and fulfilled, and receive the most from their experiences. There’s no denying the impact our third sector has in Falkirk, and Forth Valley Sensory Centre has been a huge part of that, and with this award, will clearly continue to be.”

Set up by the Volunteer Centre in Dundee, the Volunteer Friendly Award is designed to help organisations develop and follow best practise techniques when it comes to recruiting, utilising and supporting volunteers.

 Jacquie Winning, Forth Valley Sensory Centre Manager said; “We could not do what we do without our volunteers. We support people of all ages with all levels of sight or hearing loss from children to pensioners from mild hearing problems to profound deafness or age related sight conditions to complete blindness, everyone can benefit from our groups, classes and support.

 “Our volunteers support us in a multitude of ways including providing transport, gardening and supporting our fundraising events. Their dedication, as with many charities across Scotland, is critical to our work and vital for our Centre Users. We wanted to ensure that we were doing the best for them and what better way than having an independent audit of our approach? We are ecstatic to have gained our Volunteer Friendly Award.”


With 29 areas now delivering Volunteer Friendly Award across Scotland it is easier than ever to get support to achieve the award.

Take a look at the Volunteer Friendly across Scotland page and see if it is delivered in your area. If not then contact us at Volunteer Dundee and we can find out if a neighbouring area would be able to help. The award has been achieved by over 600 organisations across Scotland with many of them going on to renew after 3 years.

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