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UCLan’s volunteers celebrate receiving national honour

28 January 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Prestigious award given to Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been awarded a top national honour for its excellent work with volunteers.

UCLan’s Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL) has received the prestigious Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard.

Dr Alethea Melling MBE, the Centre Director, said: “I’m so proud of the hard work of the staff, student volunteers and our community partners in achieving this award. It was a real team effort and testament to our ethos of working together for positive change.”

The Centre was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers.

Dr Melling has said she believes achieving the quality mark validates the hard work of students and staff over the past decade, where the Centre has supported more than 10,000 volunteers and contributed over £8million to the local economy in volunteer time alone.

 

“I’m so proud of the hard work of the staff, student volunteers and our community partners in achieving this award.”

She added: “This is recognition of quality at the top level and we are proud to carry it.”

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers. It aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by volunteers.

Investing in Volunteers is unique in that it is the only standard that focuses on volunteers. It is based on four areas of volunteer management; planning for volunteer involvement, recruiting volunteers, selecting and matching volunteers and supporting and retaining volunteers. It is managed by the UK Volunteering Forum and delivered by NCVO, Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Development Agency in Northern Ireland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Further information about the Standard can be found online www.investinginvolunteers.org.uk