Havering Volunteer Centre given national accreditation award
PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 September 2018
"I am exceedingly proud of our achievements and of the whole team, for our volunteers who work so hard helping others, help others!"
Havering Volunteer Centre is celebrating after achieving a national award for its work.
The centre in Romford is one of only 100 centres in the UK that has achieved a Quality Accreditation Award from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) and a special plaque has been unveiled at the centre.
The award will enables the centre to be the only licensed Volunteer Centre in Havering for the next three years, and in order to receive the accreditation it had to meet the standards in five different areas.
Those areas were: Strategic development of volunteering, good practice development, developing volunteering opportunities, voice of volunteering and brokerage.
Shelley Hart, CEO of the volunteer centre said that she was bursting with pride at what the centre had achieved, and that it showed the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that she works with.
She said: “I am exceedingly proud of our achievements and of the whole team, for our volunteers who work so hard helping others, help others! We are a very undervalued charity and this accreditation is testimony of the hard work we undertake engaging volunteers for front line charity organisations that depend on volunteers to assist them in their daily operations.
We have engaged 2700 volunteers and placed over 650 into long term volunteering opportunities with hundreds more into one off volunteering roles or micro volunteering such as updating social media or twitter accounts, website designs and promotions.
We are an exceptionally small but dedicated passionate team whose main aim is to get local people volunteering, helping local people and it works!
We know volunteering is a great way to break down social isolation and getting individuals connected to their community.
This accreditation means so much to us here, I am bursting with pride.”