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).


Aberdeen Cyrenians continue to be Volunteer Friendly

14 June 2018

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.’


 *For more details about the Aberdeen Cyrenians please visit

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Black Watch Castle & Museum in Perth renew Volunteer Friendly Award

14 March 2018

It is great to announce that the Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth continue to demonstrate their commitment to involving volunteers to the standard of Volunteer Friendly Award. They first achieved the accolade 3 years ago.

"The Volunteer Friendly Award has provided a framework to help us design rewarding and quality experiences for our volunteers"  Chief Executive Ann Kinnes, Black Watch Castle & Museum.

Black Watch Museum was supported by Lidia Dye, Development Officer, Perth & Kinross Voluntary Action to achieve the award.

Read more here

For more information on how to achieve Volunteer Friendly Award in Perth and Kinross click here

Volunteer Friendly in 2018

11 January 2018

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 400 organisations iacross Scotland with many of them going on to renew after 3 years. Make it your resolution to achieve the award in 2018 and get in touch to start the process.

Civic Reception held in Dundee

16 October 2017

Volunteer Dundee celebrated the 2016-2017 achievers of the Volunteer Friendly Award for excellence in volunteer management at a Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Provost where awards were presented to 20 groups who had achieved or renewed the award by Deputy Lord Provost Bill Campbell.

Groups represented from a wide range of voluntary sector organisations: Brae Riding for the Disabled, Ardler Village Trust, Brooksbank Centre, Boomerang Centre, The Hilltown Project, Starter Packs Dundee, Maxwell Centre, Dundee Carers Centre, Dundee International Womens Centre, Neon Digital, Ninewells Community Garden, Rock Solid Youth Project, Tayberry Enterprises, Discovery Credit Union, Ardler Village Trust, Dundee University Students Association, MidLin Daycare, The Corner, Save by the Bell, Advocating Together, with many volunteers contributing towards the activities and valued services to communities in Dundee.

There are 60 organisations in Dundee who currently hold the award that is renewed every 3 years.

Volunteer Friendly in East Dunbartonshire

16 October 2017

For more information about Volunteer Friendly Award and how you can get involved please contact:

East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action

18 - 20 Townhead, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, G66 1NL

Telephone: 0141 578 6680

Volunteer Friendly in Argyll & Bute

18 January 2016

Argyll & Bute Third Sector Interface has recently signed up to deliver the Volunteer Friendly Award.  We look forward to hearing about the first voluntary organisation to achieve the Award in the area.

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