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).


Caithness groups are Volunteer Friendly!

19 December 2011

At a recent award ceremony three Caithness voluntary organisations were presented with their Volunteer Friendly Awards.

Jennifer Macdonald, manager of the British Red Cross Shop in Thurso, Michele Whibley, manager of Homeaid Caithness & Sutherland, and Margaret Allan, manager of the Laurandy Centre Wick, were presented with the awards by Rob Gibson MSP.  Mr Gibson said “Caithness groups and individuals always show their true community spirit by volunteering.  The team at the Laurandy Centre, British Red Cross Shop and Homeaid have made many lives better as a result, congratulations to them all”  

The Volunteer Friendly Awards in Caithness are co-ordinated by Catherine Patterson based in Caithness Voluntary Group.  She supports groups while they are working on the awards and is the local contact. 

Jennifer Macdonald of the British Red cross Shop Thurso [centre left], Michele Whibley of Homeaid Caithness & Sutherland [centre] and Margaret Allan of the Laurandy Centre are seen here with Catherine Patterson [far left] and Rob Gibson MSP [far right] together with some of their volunteers at a recent ceremony in the Laurandy Centre, Wick.

Award ceremony for three Caithness organisations

European Year of Volunteering - Volunteer Friendly goes on tour!

25 October 2011

Building on the success of Volunteer Friendly in Scotland, where the Award is now offered in 20 local authority areas, staff from the Volunteer Centre Dundee will be joining the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Tour when it comes to London at the end of October to introduce the Volunteer Friendly Award to a wider audience.  The tour, which will visit 27 capitals during the European Year of Volunteering, aims to provide volunteers with an opportunity to exhibit their work, meet one another, engage with policy-makers and the general public, convey their energy and enthusiasm, and discuss key issues for the future of their work. 

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Volunteer Friendly reaches 20 areas in Scotland

25 October 2011

Volunteer Friendly is now being offered in 20 areas across Scotland, from Shetland to South Ayrshire.  More than 100 groups have signed up to work their way through the Award and to get public recognition of how well they treat their volunteers.  Over 60 groups can now proudly display the Volunteer Friendly logo.

First Volunteer Friendly Network Event

27 June 2011

The first Volunteer Friendly Network event was held in Dundee on 14 June.  Staff from 16 volunteer centres across Scotland came together to share their experiences of working with groups using the Volunteer Friendly toolkit and to discuss options to take the Volunteer Friendly Award forward after the end of its SVA funding later this year.

During the event, four Dundee groups were presented with their Volunteer Friendly Awards by Betty Ward, convener of the Volunteer Centre Dundee's Board of Directors. The groups were:

  • DightyConnect
  • Dundee Women's Aid
  • the East End Panto Group
  • the Hillside Project.

Delegates were pleased to have the opportunity to talk to representatives of the groups and to look at the portfolios of evidence they had prepared.   "This really puts flesh and bones on the award", said one of the participants.

Volunteers Week

27 June 2011

Volunteers Week provided the opportunity for Volunteer Friendly Award ceremonies in several areas.  In Glasgow, eight organisations were presented with their awards. read more...

How does Volunteer Friendly map to Investing in Volunteers?

12 May 2011

The Volunteer Friendly Award is based on the national standard Investing in Volunteers (IiV) and the Management of Volunteers: National Occupational Standards 2008. A mapping exercise has been undertaken to illustrate the many links and overlaps between each of the components in each of the three models.  The Volunteer Friendly team would welcome any feedback or further input to the mapping exercise.

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