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).


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.

Volunteer Friendly Awards in Angus, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire and Perth and Kinross

18 March 2011

As Volunteer Friendly rolls out across Scotland, groups in East Lothian (Strive Befriending Service) and East Renfrewshire (the BefriendER Project) were the first to achieve the Award outside Dundee, closely followed by organisations in Perth and Kinross (PKAVS) and Angus (Angus Independent Advocacy).  Thirty-two organisations in Scotland now hold the Volunteer Friendly Award.

Civic Reception for Dundee Volunteer Friendly Awards

10 December 2010

Last Tuesday (7 December) Dundee Lord Provost John Letford hosted a civic reception in the impressive setting of the City Chambers to present representatives of six Dundee voluntary organisations with their Volunteer Friendly awards. This brings to 28 the total number of groups in Dundee with the Volunteer Friendly Award.Display of Volunteer Friendly celebration cake, awards and certificates

After collecting their awards, the representatives from the six groups, Dundee Carers Centre, Dundee International Women’s Centre, Fairbridge Dundee, Food on Friday Association, St John’s Boomerang and the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, enjoyed a light lunch, a piece of Volunteer Friendly cake and an opportunity to socialise.

 The event also gave staff from neighbouring Voluntary Action Perthshire, who are starting to deliver the Volunteer Friendly Award to groups in their local area, the chance to chat to groups who had been through the experience. The groups felt that the Volunteer Friendly Award recognises not only their own good practice with volunteers, but also the achievements of the volunteers themselves and how important they are to the organisation.

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