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DEPAUL Receive Investing in Volunteers Award (14th Oct 2015)

DEPAUL has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality mark for the first time.  The mark is the national quality standard in best practice in volunteer management and shows that an organisation values their volunteers and demonstrates their commitment to volunteering within the organisation.

DEPAUL is the first cross-border organisation to achieve this award. The accreditation process was led by Volunteer Ireland with support from Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland.

DEPAUL was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers.   Terri O’Brien, Quality and Programmes Manager said, “Volunteer Ireland is delighted to announce DEPAUL‘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.

Volunteer Ireland works in partnership with Volunteer Now to deliver Investing in Volunteers in the Republic of Ireland.

Further information about the Standard can be found on www.investinginvolunteers.org.uk.  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.

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