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 now offered in a dozen areas

12 November 2010

Volunteer Centres in Aberdeen and Edinburgh have joined their colleagues in Angus, Dundee, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Midlothian, Perthshire and Stirling in signing up to deliver Volunteer Friendly to their local groups, bringing to a round dozen the areas in Scotland where groups can access the resources offered by the project.

More good news!

06 October 2010

We are delighted to announce that Midlothian and Glasgow have joined our list of Volunteer Centres licensed to deliver the Volunteer Friendly award.  This means that including Dundee there are now seven areas of Scotland offering groups working with volunteers the opportunity to demostrate just how Volunteer Friendly they are. 

During October staff from Volunteer Centres in Fife, Stirling, Edinburgh and the Lothians will be undertaking the assessor training with Glasgow and East Renfrewshire hot on their heels with a session in early December.

We are already planning more Start-up sessions for the new year, so if you are interested please contact us at Volunteer Friendly (Scotland).  Better still, check to see if anyone in your area is already and licensed and linked, so that you can contact your local centre direct!

Ready to Go!

23 September 2010

Volunteer Centre staff from Angus and Perth & Kinross have now completed the first session of Assessor Training, so are beginning to plan their work with groups in those areas.  In addition to staff from the Volunteer Centre in Dundee the participants at this training session were able to talk to one of the 'Peer Assessors' from the Mid-Lin Day Care Centre in Dundee.  Representatives of Groups who have been awarded Volunteer Friendly are asked whether they would like to become Peer Assessors or Peer Mentors, so that they can help other groups who involve volunteers to show how Volunteer Friendly they are.  Everyone found the session interesting and quite demanding.  

In addition, the Volunteer Centre in Fife is now licensed to deliver Volunteer Friendly and is already planning how it will be working with groups across their areas.  We hope they, along with the licensed staff from the Centre in Stirling will be able to complete the Assessor Training very soon.  Dates for this training for staff from the Centres in Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow are also now set, so we hope to see some Volunteer Friendly awards outwith Dundee very soon!

The last of the first round of Start-up sessions has now been organised in Elgin on October 27th, with staff from Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands and Islands signed up to come along.

If you are interested in learning more about Volunteer Friendly, please contact us here at the Volunteer Centre in Dundee.



Centres licensed to deliver Volunteer Friendly!

01 September 2010

We are delighted to announce that the Volunteer Centres in Perth & Kinross, Angus and Stirling are now licensed to deliver the Volunteer Friendly award across their local areas.

This means that local groups working with volunteers in these areas can now undertake the award.  We are keen to see who will be the first to take up this opportunity and we wonder who will be the first to complete it and celebrate by receiving the award.   As soon as we know we will be only too pleased to add this information to our website.

Another 3 centres are very close to completing their licensing too, so if you are waiting for your chance to try out Volunteer Friendly keep watching this space, or contact us directly to let us know you are interested and we will let you know when it will be available in your area.

More Start-up Sessions for Volunteer Friendly!

06 August 2010

Building on the success of the session in Dundee on 15 June, another start-up session took place in Edinburgh on 22 July, with staff from centres in Midlothian, East Lothian, Edinburgh and East Renfrewshire taking part.  This session went well despite the lack of internet access, which made it difficult for everyone to try you the website.

Bookings are now being taken for sessions in Ardrossan and Glasgow and we hope to announce a session in Highland or Aberdeenshire soon.

Welcome to Volunteer Friendly!

20 June 2010

The Volunteer Friendly Award designed and used by the Volunteer Centre Dundee has been acknowledged as a successful model for recognising organisations that are good at working with volunteers.  The programme has been selected as a Change Champions project and has received funding to be rolled out to the rest of Scotland through SCVO’s Supporting Voluntary Action programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery. 

Using that funding, Hilary George and Pat Cosgrove have now joined the team at Volunteer Centre Dundee in order to coordinate the rollout of the Award across Scotland.  Hilary is Project Coordinator and Pat is Project Administrator.  Their first job has been to organise the setting up of this brand new website to support the development of the award. 

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