Change Grow Live awarded Investing in Volunteers Standard

Change Grow Live has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Standard.

Investing in Volunteers is the quality standard for all UK organisations that rely on the hard work and dedication of volunteers.

Our volunteers help us make a real difference in people’s lives, and we couldn’t do the work we do without them. Achieving this standard shows the value we place on volunteering, but it is also a celebration of the volunteer experience at Change Grow Live

This is the first time that our approach to volunteering has been externally assessed. Towards the end of 2021, we carried out an assessment against the Investing in Volunteers standard, including volunteer recruitment, support, training and management.

Chris Benfield, head of volunteering and accredited learning for Change Grow Live, commented:

“We have a strong history of volunteers who make an enormous contribution to our services and the lives of those that use our service around the UK. Achieving Investing in Volunteers is a ringing endorsement of the efforts of staff across Change Grow Live in making it a safe and rewarding place to volunteer. The report has also identified several areas of outstanding practice, I couldn’t be happier!”  

The assessment showed excellence in all areas of our work with volunteers. 52 volunteers and 16 staff (including our chief executive officer, Mark Moody), from across 20 services took part in the assessment. A further 145 volunteers participated in a related survey.

Some of the volunteers who took part in the assessment had the following insights to share:

“Volunteering has brought me on in my life and growth so much. I can’t thank everyone enough. The growth we’ve been given and the support to go for employment within Change Grow Live has been amazing.” 

“Volunteering is inclusive. There are no restrictions. Equality and diversity is definitely there. You meet people from all walks of life and different types of volunteers.” 

Read the full blog post here.

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