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).


Absafe awarded Volunteer Friendly Award in Aberdeen

30 April 2015

ACVO are delighted to announce that Absafe has been awarded the prestigious Volunteer Friendly Award.

 Absafe work to advance safety, stop accidents and save lives. Their vision is to create a safe and happy North East community and last year it opened the interactive education centre, The Safe. Volunteers are a vital part of this in helping to teach people, of all ages, about the importance of safety in an engaging way.

 The Volunteer Friendly Award is an important quality standard developed and co-ordinated nationally by Volunteer Centre Dundee/Voluntary Action Scotland and delivered locally by ACVO, Aberdeen’s Third Sector Interface. The Award recognises charities and community groups who are excellent at involving volunteers, lead best practice in volunteering and enables the Third Sector to continue to offer good volunteering opportunities/experiences. 

 It supports volunteers in making a fantastic, essential and valuable contribution to people and communities in Aberdeen. Through achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award Absafe has shown the strong commitment they have to their volunteers and in continuing to develop volunteering within the organsiation.

 Emma Bellu, Chief Executive of Absafe, said ‘We’re pleased to be recognised and awarded this accolade from ACVO. We’d like to thank all our volunteers for their ongoing support and dedication in helping us to create our vision of The Safe. Without their efforts our vision might not have been realised.’

 Mike Melvin and Liz Howarth, Volunteer Friendly Assessors at ACVO added ‘Absafe makes an essential contribution to improving safety in the North East and it is wonderful that Absafe has achieved the Volunteer Friendly Award.  It is further great testament to the superb work and dedication of staff and volunteers at Absafe’

 Joyce Duncan, ACVO Chief Executive stated ‘volunteers are at the heart of all that is good - with a staggering estimated 7.5 million hours of help contributed every year by volunteers in Aberdeen. This achievement for Absafe is fantastic news and reflects the outstanding contribution and difference volunteers make day in day out in Aberdeen.’

Aberdeen Cyrenians achieve Volunteer Friendly

05 March 2015

Aberdeen Cyrenians are the latest recipients of Volunteer Friendly Award in Aberdeen.

The charity was assessed by Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO) on behalf of the award organisers late last year and has subsequently been praised for its commitment, time and value it gives to volunteering.

Scott Baxter, depute chief executive of Aberdeen Cyrenians, has paid tribute to the charity’s pool of volunteers. He said: “Aberdeen Cyrenians is delighted to be named as a recipient of the Volunteer Friendly Award.

“This award is a great opportunity to recognise the key role volunteers play in Aberdeen Cyrenians. Their support is truly invaluable in helping us run our important and necessary services across both Aberdeen and the north-east.”

Mike Melvin, Volunteer Friendly Award assessor at ACVO, said: “Aberdeen Cyrenian’s submission for the Volunteer Friendly Award was of an exceptional high standard and reflects the great commitment and value the charity gives to volunteering.



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Ayrshire Community Trust supporting Volunteer Friendly

21 November 2014

Ayrshire Community Trust has just signed up to deliver the Volunteer Friendly Award in North Ayrshire, joining the 24 other areas offering the award to their local organisations.

Triple Celebration for Sue Ryder volunteers in Aberdeen

19 November 2014

ACVO are delighted that Sue Ryder, Aberdeen Services have become the first Sue Ryder service in the country to achieve the Volunteer Friendly Award.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Councillor George Adam presented Sue Ryder with a special plaque and certificate at a ceremony and High Tea for Volunteers at the Station Hotel to mark this major achievement.

The Lord Provost further presented Linda Buchan, a Volunteer Befriender supporting older people who experience loneliness and isolation in the community with a Volunteering in Aberdeen Gold Award which recognizes the valuable contribution that volunteers aged 55 years and over make. Sue Ryder volunteers present also each received a certificate of thanks for the amazing help they provide. The Lord Provost commended and thanked Sue Ryder and all volunteers for the important contribution they make to people, communities and life in Aberdeen-helping make Aberdeen the great city it is.

On receiving news that Sue Ryder had been successful in achieving the award Candice Gilmore, Service Manager and Volunteer Support at Sue Ryder stated ‘We are excited to be recognised for the high quality of standards for our volunteers that one can expect from Sue Ryder.  Volunteers are central to the work we do in our communities and volunteers makes such a positive and lasting difference.  This is reflected regularly in the feedback I hear from socially isolated older people in Aberdeen who our volunteers befriend.   We are happy to join fellow recipients of this award who continually demonstrate excellence in volunteering.’

Mike Melvin, Volunteer Friendly Assessor at ACVO added ‘Sue Ryder’s submission for the Volunteer Friendly Award was of an exceptional standard and reflects the great commitment and value Sue Ryder places on volunteering. The award is testament to the great service Sue Ryder provides and the outstanding contribution and difference volunteers make day in day out.’

Joyce Duncan, ACVO Chief Executive stated ‘volunteers are at the heart of Aberdeen-over 52,000 people now volunteer in Aberdeen, contributing a fantastic estimated 4.4 million hours volunteering every year. This Award is great news for Sue Ryder and for volunteering in Aberdeen. It recognises the importance the city gives to supporting and developing volunteering. ACVO extends its congratulations to all at Sue Ryder.’

Black Watch Castle & Museum achieve Volunteer Friendly in Perthshire

04 September 2014

The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award in recognition of its accomplishment in supporting, training, motivating and valuing its volunteer team.

The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award in recognition of its accomplishment in supporting, training, motivating and valuing its volunteer team.

The Castle and Museum are the ninth organisation in Perth and Kinross to have achieved the award.

The award will be presented to the Castle and Museum by Liz Grant, Provost of Perth and Kinross on Wednesday at 2pm.

Leanor Blackhall, Volunteer and Friends Coordinator explained: “Providing a great volunteer journey is of paramount importance to us; we aim to ensure our volunteers enjoy their experience with us whilst ensuring that the volunteer programme is effectively integrated with the aims and needs of the Museum. Undertaking the Volunteer Friendly Award meant that we had to look at our framework and practices to ensure they meet the quality standards required. Achieving the Award gives the knowledge that we are providing a sound volunteering programme which reflects best practice in the sector.”

Lidia Dye, Development Officer with Voluntary Action Perthshire added: “Working with The Black Watch Castle Museum through the process of achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award has given me the opportunity to find out about their work and how they work with volunteers. I found it heartening to see how they look for ways to include volunteers in their work and make it as enjoyable and worthwhile experience as possible. It was a pleasure working with them.”

The Volunteer Friendly Award is a nationally recognised accolade developed by Dundee Volunteer Centre which rewards organisations who evidence that their volunteer management practice provides effective induction, training, development opportunities and ongoing support and recognition for their volunteers.

Volunteer Friendly Award on Facebook

25 June 2014

We now have a page on Facebook. Please check it out and like and share.


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