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MindWise Receives Recognition for its Effective Involvement of Volunteers

09 February 2017

Local mental health charity MindWise is proud to be an Investing in Volunteers (IiV) achiever, having been awarded the quality mark/standard in 2016 for the 3rd time. It shows that we value our volunteers and demonstrates our commitment to volunteering within the organisation.

MindWise Volunteer Coordinator Elaine Sheridan said:

“We are delighted to have received our IiV for the third time. Volunteers play an invaluable role within MindWise. Last year our volunteers donated an amazing 33,808 hours to MindWise by facilitating art, music and walking groups, befriending, representing the organization at events and many other important roles. Without our volunteers we simply couldn’t provide the same range of activities for our service users.”

Investing in Volunteersis the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers.  Investing in Volunteers aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and demonstrates that organisations value the enormous contribution made by their volunteers.  Investing in Volunteers is delivered by the four national volunteering infrastructure bodies, Volunteering England, Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

MindWise was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers. Sandra Adair, Director, Volunteer Now Enterprises, said:

“Volunteer Now is delighted to announce MindWise‘s successful achievement of this Award, they have demonstrated a real commitment to volunteering, proven that their volunteer management policies and procedures meet nationally recognised standards.”

Investing in Volunteersis unique in that it is the only standard that focuses on volunteers.  It is based on four areas of volunteer management; planning for volunteer involvement, recruiting volunteers, selecting and matching volunteers and supporting and retaining volunteers.

Further information about the Standard can be found on www.investinginvolunteers.org.uk.  The Standard will enhance volunteer management and is rigorous but is designed to be simple to implement and not to generate large amounts of paperwork.  It is the only quality standard that has independent external validation with a UK Quality Assurance Panel that makes recommendations to the UK Volunteering Forum, the awarding body.

Mindwise receiving IIV award

Pictured: MindWise receiving their IiV award. L-R Edward Gorringe (MindWise Chief Executive), Michaela Nash (volunteer), Wendy Osborne (Volunteer Now Chief Executive), Geoff (Volunteer), Elaine Sheridan (MindWise Volunteer Coordinator), Jayne Wright (MindWise HR Director).