Success for volunteers as they celebrate winning top award

The Health and Social Care team at the City of Edinburgh Council has become the first in Scotland to achieve the prestigious UK Investing in Volunteers (IiV) award.

George Thomson, Chief Executive of Volunteer Development Scotland, said: "The Investing in Volunteers standard reflects a strong commitment by City of Edinburgh Council's Health and Social Care Department in providing first class volunteer management and volunteering in general. This accreditation highlights the quality approach taken by the Council and we applaud all those who contributed to the achievement of IiV."

The Council has a 110 strong team of volunteers who were involved in an assessment to share their views and experiences of what it is like to volunteer in Health and Social Care. And the Council team were shown to have excelled in all aspects of working with the volunteers.

Volunteers interact with a number of client groups throughout the city including older people, those with learning and physical disabilities. They also work with client users with mental health needs.

The dedicated work involves undertaking a number of befriending roles with service users in their own homes and within local communities.

Councillor Paul Edie, Health and Social Care Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Well done to the team for winning this fantastic accreditation. It is great news for the team as well as the Council. Volunteering is a worthwhile and rewarding role. And it is this dedication from volunteers and those working with them that has led to them being the first in Scotland to win such an esteemed award."

Rachel Henry, Volunteer Development Officer in Health and Social Care, added: "We have a fantastic group of volunteers, who share their time, interests and skills with a wide range of people. The award is about making sure that volunteers are recognised, valued and supported in our organisation. I'm delighted that we have achieved it - and determined that we maintain these standards to ensure everyone involved in our volunteering has a positive experience."

Investing in Volunteers is the quality standard which sets a benchmark for volunteers throughout the UK.

Further information about Investing in Volunteers can be found on: http://www.investinginvolunteers.org.uk/  

 

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