To date 100 Investing in Volunteers Awards have been achieved in Northern Ireland (this includes 23 organisations that have renewed their Award) and, in July 2013, the first organisation in the Republic of Ireland has now achieved the Award. They each retain the Award for three years, having demonstrated policies and procedures which value volunteers and support positive volunteering experiences.
Volunteers and staff from Lagan Valley Park receiving the Investing in Volunteers Award at a recent celebration event hosted by the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Brian Bloomfield MBE at Lagan Valley Island.
Sandra Adair, Director, Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd, presenting their Award, said "Achieving Investing in Volunteers demonstrates a real commitment to volunteering, proving that the organisations volunteer management policies and procedures meet nationally recognised standards."
Below is a list of the Northern Ireland Achievers with quotes from some organisations describing the impact and benefits of achieving the Standard.
"We are delighted to be the first Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland to receive the Investing In Volunteers Award as recognition for the high standards of service that we have achieved. We embarked on the process of the Investing in Volunteers Award to ensure that we were following best practice and procedures in supporting our valuable volunteers. The Trust recognise and appreciate that volunteers support our paid staff and enhance the service offered to our patients and clients. The volunteers can be reassured that the Western Health and Social Care Trust is working to a very high standard to give them the best induction and volunteer experience possible. Their contribution makes a difference and we are delighted that our commitment to providing quality opportunities for volunteering has been demonstrated in this award". Western Health and Social Care Trust
"We are so proud to have received this award. Our staff and volunteers now have the confidence that we are operating within recognised best practice. Certain changes needed to be made at an organisational level and having Investing in Volunteers to back up why these changes needed to happen gave more weight to our argument." Action on Hearing Loss NI
"When we initially considered the Investing in Volunteers Standard, it became apparent quite quickly that it sat very neatly alongside what we were already striving to achieve in our management of volunteering – to provide good practice and increased recognition of the contribution of our volunteers both internally and externally. The Investing in Volunteers Standard has provided a benchmark against which we can measure our performance, identify gaps, further develop our work, and promote the immense value of volunteers to any organisation.” Belfast Central Mission
"Involving our organisation in working towards the Investing in Volunteers Award was challenging but very worthwhile. We value all our volunteers highly and this Award affirms our commitment to them. They are the cornerstone of our organisation."
“The Investing in Volunteers process was very straight forward and there was lots of support and advice from Volunteer Now.” MindWise
“The Investing in Volunteers standards made writing a volunteering strategy and development plan easy for the organisation. There was a great sense of achievement when we completed the award after all the hard work within the organisation by staff and volunteers in implementing change and working to the standards.” NI Chest, Heart & Stroke
An independent UK-wide evaluation of Investing in Volunteers (IiV), carried out by the Institute of Volunteering Research (IVR). focused on the impact of IiV on achiever organisations.
A summarised version of the full report can be viewed by clicking on the link below