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Northern Ireland organisations are celebrating their Investing in Volunteers success!

12 May 2016

Another four organisations have been celebrating their new success in being awarded the Investing in Volunteers UK Quality Standard for Volunteer Management in April, recognising the excellent work they do in involving and supporting volunteers.

Foyle Search & Rescue have been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Award and Lagan Valley Regional Park, Brain Injury Matters (NI) and Holywood Family Trust successfully renewed their Investing in Volunteers Award, demonstrating their commitment to continued best practice in their volunteer programmes.

This brings the total number of organisations who have achieved the Investing in Volunteers Award in Northern Ireland to 97 (this includes 23 organisations that have renewed their award), joining over 800 organisations who have achieved the Award across the UK and Ireland. They each retain the award for three years, having demonstrated policies, procedures and practices which value volunteers and support positive volunteering experiences.  The Award has been achieved by both small local organisations involving 6-8 volunteers and large regional organisations involving hundreds of volunteers.  Find out more about the Northern Ireland Investing in Volunteers Achievers on the Volunteer Now website.

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

"Achieving Investing in Volunteers demonstrates a real commitment to volunteering, proving that the organisations volunteer management policies and procedures meet nationally recognised standards,” Sandra Adair, Director, Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd.

To discuss how the Investing in Volunteers UK Quality Standard can benefit your organisation, contact David Fitzsimons on david.fitzsimons@volunteernow.co.uk or telephone 028 9081 8330.

The UK Investing in Volunteers website provides further information about the Award and interested organisations are encouraged to register on the website for more information.

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