Leicester and Leicestershire Volunteer Centre gets national accreditation for further three years

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) has successfully passed its recent Investors in Volunteers (IIV) re-accreditation.

IiV is a national accreditation from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). The IiV is a quality standard for volunteer-involving organisations which demonstrates a high quality of volunteer management.

The accreditation process looks at three main areas (planning for volunteer involvement, recruiting and matching volunteers and recognising and rewarding volunteers). These are measured through a self-assessment process, and then by an NCVO assessor who interviews both staff and volunteers about an organisation’s volunteering processes.

As the Volunteer Centre for Leicester and Leicestershire, VAL is thrilled to be IiV accredited for another three years. VAL is passionate about motivating and enabling local people to volunteer their valuable time not only for personal wellbeing, making friends or improving skills, but for the betterment of the local community.

Kevin Allen-Khimani, VAL’s Executive Manager for Public Sector Contracts, said:

I’m so proud that we have been re-accredited for Investors in Volunteers for another three years. We really value our volunteers and some of our key services, like our volunteer drop-in, are run by our amazing and talented volunteers.

I’d like to especially thank Carolyn Newman and Dave Cliffe in our Volunteering team, both of whom have put so much hard work into our volunteer practices and making sure VAL is setting the best example for other volunteer-involving organisations. And a huge thank you of course to our volunteers, and to everyone who volunteers their time to help others.

The Volunteer Bank

During the COVID-19 pandemic VAL has been working with Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council to create a bank of volunteers ready to support their local communities.

So far over 2,300 people have registered to volunteer, with over 900 volunteers mobilised.

Any Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations who need volunteers to continue delivering services during the pandemic can contact VAL today:

0116 257 5050