Lead Scotland renew IiV...again!

17 November 2015

Lead Scotland’s team of staff and volunteers are delighted to receive Investing in Volunteers for the fourth time! Lead was the second organisation to receive the Award back in 2005. 

Portrait Receiving IIV Cert Emma And George"Congratulations to Lead Scotland for achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award a fourth time. You have now got a decade of recognition as an organisation that puts your volunteers first and creates great experiences. On a personal note I have always appreciated the national exemplar you are in Scotland in engaging the whole community in volunteering. You literally see the best in folk and seek out ways by which anyone whatever their circumstances can express themselves through volunteering and bring about a lot of benefits. Well done and good luck for the next 3 years."

George Thomson, Chief Executive Officer, Volunteer Scotland. 

During that time we have developed a volunteer sharepoint area, a robust risk assessment process, tweaked our processes, produced volunteer impact reports and have introduced a very popular annual Volunteer of the Year Award announced at our AGM. This year’s winner of the 2015 Dr Ethel Gray Volunteer of the Year Award is Jan Marshall from Fife;

"Receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award from Lead felt like an amazing acknowledgement of the work I share with our learners. As a Lead volunteer I have experienced a real sense of belonging to a truly worthwhile organisation.  I have been supported and encouraged to develop my abilities as a volunteer.  The opportunities to take part in personal development certificates has boosted my confidence on both a personal level as well as with learners and care providers.  Dawn, my coordinator, values and appreciates my efforts and thanks me in person as well as in emails.  It is wonderful to feel so cared for and nurtured by Lead which in turn helps me to share this wonderful ethos with our learners.”

HC VolunteerAnother volunteer, Hilary Cameron, a Moray volunteer, was Highly Commended in recognition of her personal journey through volunteering.We couldn’t do what we do without volunteers and around 1 in 3 of our volunteers are disabled people striving to promote inclusion in learning and through volunteering.  Working towards this quality standard keeps us asking how we well we are doing and what else we can do to improve the experience for volunteers.

Some volunteers are currently working towards the new Adult achievement Awards as part of the implementation of the Statement of Ambition for Adult Learning. Freshly trained up by Newbattle Abbey staff, our team are working with learners and volunteers across Scotland who are building portfolios for accreditation at SCQF level 3 through 6.

What’s next?  We want to make it easier to volunteer with Lead for people who want to make a short term contribution out with our project areas.  If you’d like to volunteer with Lead please get in touch!

Volunteer Scotland is delighted to add Lead Scotland to the list of IiV achievers, recognising their commitment to volunteering and to ensuring an excellent volunteering experience for all.  Contact Us for more information on IiV.