The Supporting Volunteers Award is a product of the North East Lincolnshire Volunteer Centre.
SVA has been devised to provide a low cost quality assurance scheme that is available to ALL charitable and not-for-profit organisations. SVA strives to provide a system which ensures the safety of volunteers and service users across North East Lincolnshire and beyond.
The Supporting Volunteers Award has been developed by Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire’s (VANEL) Volunteer Centre in response to feedback from volunteers and volunteering involving organisations.
The following issues were most commonly raised:
Volunteers felt that they needed a voice.
Volunteers felt that they needed support.
Some organisations were not responding to enquiries about volunteering within the recommended 7 day period.
Volunteers said they wanted more structure within their supervision and one to one support
Some organisations needed additional support or a method of communicating regularly with their teams without creating too much extra work
Some volunteers are not covered by Public Liability insurance in the event of an accident.
Organisations and groups that involve volunteers are now invited to work towards the Supporting Volunteers Award at level 1 and 2.
The benefits of holding a quality mark for your volunteer programme include:
A locally recognised quality award that will help volunteers to identify organisations that provide a great volunteering experience
A structure around which to develop your volunteer programme and opportunities for continuous improvement
Shared best practice and peer support
A quality award to include in funding applications