15th Feb 2013
BulliesOut is once again delighted to receive the Investing in Volunteers award for achieving quality standards in their work with volunteers. The charity which was the first in Wales, with no salaried staff, to receive the award in 2009 has successfully had it renewed in recognition of the way it supports the work undertaken by its team of over 70 dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers deliver services aimed at providing information, education and support to individuals and communities affected by bullying. Services include an online forum which enables individuals to access support; workshop and mentoring schemes provided for primary and secondary school children and young people as well as parents and professionals; establishing new pieces of research; supporting marketing, fundraising and administrative activities; and a Young Ambassadors Scheme which offers an opportunity for young individuals as young as 11 to get involved in volunteering activities.
Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard recognising good practice in organisations’ management of volunteers. The Standard enables an organisation to comprehensively review its volunteer management using 9 indicators of good practice, and to publicly demonstrate its commitment to volunteering. BulliesOut has established a number of new working practices as a result of working towards the standard including promoting opportunities more widely to attract a greater diversity of volunteers, developing training courses to enable them to be more confident and effective in their roles and introducing new ways to allow volunteers to share their views and ideas and this resulted in two volunteers obtaining salaried positions within BulliesOut in 2012.
Andrew Coutts, Volunteer Manager, said ‘BulliesOut continually strives to ensure all volunteers receive as much support as possible and we encourage individuals to contribute as much as they are able to help the organisation address the ever increasing demands placed upon it”. Charity Founder and full time volunteer Chief Executive Officer, Linda James said “We are delighted to once again receive the award which reflects upon the hard work of our volunteers just as much as the organisation. This is a tremendous achievement for the charity which receives no statutory funding and relies so heavily on volunteers’.
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