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Pathways of Chesterfield is delighted to announce that we have achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the work we do to support, manage and appreciate our volunteers. Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for excellence in volunteer management. It aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by volunteers. Here’s what members of the Pathways team had to say about the award:
“I am so pleased Pathways has achieved the Investing in Volunteers award. Our volunteers are integral to the support Pathways is able to offer homeless people. Pathways volunteers enhance every part of the service we offer from coming up with new exciting ideas, to be a listening ear to the people we work with, cooking nutritious meals and even keeping us up to date with our social media.” – Sian Jones, Service Manager
“Volunteers are the backbone of our service. Their time, effort and commitment is greatly appreciated and they are all incredible. This award recognises the enormous contribution made by each and every one of our volunteers. We have a wonderful team, and we would like to say thank you and congratulations to all of them. The volunteer experience with Pathways of Chesterfield is now at an exceptional level with continual training and development available for all. We are very proud of this accomplishment and absolutely delighted to have achieved the Investing in Volunteers Accolade.”- Claire Douglass, Volunteer Coordinator
Pathways has been assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved that we excel in all aspects of working with our volunteers. This includes planning for volunteer involvement, recruiting and matching volunteers, as well as recognizing and rewarding volunteers.
Investing in Volunteers found that “everyone interviewed was enthusiastic about how volunteers contributed to the work of the organisation, as well as how important volunteering can be for that individual’s own personal development”. They also found that “there is an expressed commitment to the involvement of volunteers, and recognition throughout the organisation that volunteering is a two-way process which benefits volunteers and the organisation”.
Investing in Volunteers is managed by the UK Volunteering Forum and delivered by NCVO, Volunteer Scotland, Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. For more information on them, you can go to www.iiv.investinginvolunteers.org.uk