Caledonia have Award Winning Volunteering Service – it’s official!

Caledonia have Award Winning Volunteering Service - it's official!

Date Posted: 7th of June 2013

We are delighted to announce that Caledonia Housing Association is officially a Volunteer Friendly organisation after achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award 2013. We have achieved this accolade for the way we involve and manage volunteers in our work following the five strands of the Volunteer Friendly Award standards.

We have 24 volunteers involved in a number different roles from befriending to administration. We include volunteers in our work as the benefits are to both to our users and the volunteers themselves. Our volunteer programme enables us to increase the number and types of social activity available to our tenants in our sheltered housing schemes. Isolated and vulnerable tenants, who may not have a circle of friends or family visiting them, can find companionship with a Befriender and activities can be designed to meet specific needs. So for example, they can be of a physical nature, to maintain well-being, or activities like reminiscence and quizzes to keep the mind active.

The Volunteer Friendly Award is given for excellent volunteer management practice and we had to provide evidence that we manage our volunteers effectively, treat them fairly, train and support them in their role, offer them the opportunity for personal development and celebrate the contribution they make to our organisation, following the five strands of the Volunteer Friendly Award. Overall this shows our commitment as an organisation to involving volunteers in satisfying and rewarding roles.

“There are lots of benefits to having a Volunteer Friendly Award to both the organisation and its volunteers. Volunteers will have confidence that they are being looked after well and treated as an equal member of the organisation and will be recognised for the contribution they make. With a nationally recognised quality standard in volunteer management the organisation can show funding bodies that good volunteer management practices are in place.“ Gary Flew, Caledonia’s Volunteer Co-ordinator.

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