Recognition for the effective involvement of volunteers

01 August 2018

Inspire is proud to be an Investing in Volunteers (IiV) achiever, having been awarded the quality mark/standard. It shows that we value our volunteers and demonstrates our commitment to volunteering within the organisation.

Recognition for the effective involvement of volunteers

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers.   Investing in Volunteers aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and demonstrates that organisations value the enormous contribution made by their volunteers.  Investing in Volunteers is delivered by the four national volunteering infrastructure bodies, NCVO, Volunteer Scotland, Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

We were assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers. Sandra Adair, Director of Operations at Volunteer Now, said “Volunteer Now is delighted to announce Inspire Mental Health and Disability Service's successful achievement of this Award, they have demonstrated a real commitment to volunteering, proven that their volunteer management policies and procedures meet nationally recognised standards.”

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.

Ian Cardwell, Volunteer Coordinator, said "I am immensely proud to have overseen Inspire Mental Health & Learning Disability services attaining the Investing in Volunteers standard. This is the third time that Inspire has achieved this and it is certainly well deserved and an amazing achievement. I would like to extend my thanks to the 20 volunteers, colleagues and chairperson who were part of the process in June as without their input this would not have happened."

If you are interested in volunteering for Inspire you can find out more here

Further information about the Standard can be found on  The Standard will enhance volunteer management and is rigorous but is designed to be simple to implement and not to generate large amounts of paperwork.  It is the only quality standard that has independent external validation with a UK Quality Assurance Panel that makes recommendations to the UK Volunteering Forum, the awarding body.