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Knowsley’s Early Years’ Service retains Investing in Volunteers standard

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council’s Early Years’ Service has successfully been reaccredited for the “Investing in Volunteers” standard.

Knowsley Early Years’ Service support children aged 0-5years, and their families, to get the very best start in life.

The accreditation follows the completion of a self assessment, development plan and an inspection over a 12 month period by Volunteer Now.

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management and assesses the quality of volunteer management and improves the effectiveness of working with volunteers.

The Investing in Volunteers standard outlines six quality areas which must be met in order to achieve the standard. They are:-

  • Vision for volunteering – volunteering is embedded within the overall vision, values, culture and aims of the organisation and its impact is recognised and communicated
  • Planning for volunteers – people, policies and procedures have been put in place to ensure volunteering is well-managed
  • Volunteer inclusion – there is a positive approach to inclusion, equality and diversity and a proactive approach to making volunteering accessible
  • Recruiting and welcoming volunteers – it is easy for people to find out about opportunities, explore whether they are right for them and get involved
  • Supporting volunteers – volunteers feel support at all times, that they are part of the organisation and their contribution makes a difference
  • Valuing and developing volunteers – volunteers are valued and there are opportunities for volunteers to develop and grow through their experience

The Assessor for the Investing in Volunteers Kitemark commented “Knowsley Early Years’ Service has developed a welcoming, nurturing and empowering environment for its volunteers. The service is progressing their vision where volunteering is right at the heart of their strategy – a future where some services are volunteer led and volunteers are very much involved in the co-design and co-delivery of services to benefit their local community.”

A range of volunteer roles are undertaken in the Early Years’ Service, including Early Years Volunteer, MATCh (Men and Their Children) Volunteer, Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities Volunteer and Allotment Volunteer. If you’re interested in finding about more about volunteer opportunities in the Early Years’ Service, contact Ann Bennett on 0151 4435633.

Further information about the Investing in Volunteers can be found here.