by Sarah Shaw, Volunteering Development Coordinator
on 9 October 2017
We now have over 2,600 amazing volunteers! We’re really grateful for all their time and hard work, so we’re keen to make sure our volunteering opportunities and support are among the best in the UK. We’re therefore aiming to gain accreditation with the Investing in Volunteers award, which recognises an organisation’s commitment to best practice in employee volunteering management.
To meet the necessary quality standards, we’re in the process of reviewing and revising our policies, procedures, training and support for our many different volunteer roles. Our volunteering development manager, Paul Taylor is leading on creating a new volunteering framework and we’re consulting both externally and internally to make sure we fulfil the best practice quality standards and we’re doing the best we can.
As part of this work we’ve already introduced a standardised recruitment and selection procedure and a woodland working group policy and more changes are coming to make volunteering with us an even more rewarding and straightforward experience. Current volunteers will be kept up to date with developments, but if you need any more information, please contact us.
Woodland working groups – what’s next?
For insurance purposes, all working group members and leaders need an up to date task outline for their volunteering activities, so in line with our new volunteering framework, we’ve released a new volunteer working group policy.
Volunteer development officers have been busy working on these task outlines and are making their way around the groups in their regions to share and discuss them; lots of volunteers have been contacted already.
In the meantime if you have any questions about the policy or task outlines, please get in touch with the national volunteering team or your local volunteering development officer.
We’re also working on new ways to communicate and share policies with volunteers and will share details soon.