Ealing Volunteer Centre is helping to pilot a not-for-profit volunteer recognition scheme in Ealing called ValueYou. This scheme works with businesses in the borough to secure discounts and gift vouchers for charity volunteers. A whole range of businesses are taking part, including cafes, restaurants, bakers, florists, butchers and fishmongers. Gifts include lunch, tea and cake for two, flowers, book tokens, beauty treatments and much more. You will find the option of receiving a ValueYou discount card is now part of the 100 Hour Certificate Application Form. To find out more you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Greater London Volunteering
Ealing Volunteer Centre is a member of Greater London Volunteering (GLV), the regional partnership body for volunteering in London. Members include Volunteer Centres, large Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs) and Volunteer Development Agencies (VDAs). They offer strategic and capacity-building support, coordinate activities and broker services to over 50,000 volunteers and around 9,000 organisations (in Volunteer Centres alone!). Working at national and regional levels with partners such as TimeBank, Do-it, London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC), and the Greater London Authority (GLA), and at local level with London Volunteer Centres, GLV seeks to inform and influence local, regional and national government, decision-makers and funders on the value of high-quality, coordinated volunteering activity.
Ealing Volunteer Centre is dedicated to promoting good practice. In collaboration with other central London Volunteer Centres and Greater London Volunteering, we have developed a Volunteer Charter as a quality mark of good practice in volunteer management. The charter outlines 10 key principles of good practice in involving volunteers and sets out guidelines for minimum standards that organisations and groups should aim to have in place when involving volunteers. We can offer you a variety of support and advice to help you achieve this quality mark.
The 10 key principles of good practice in volunteer management covered in the charter are:
- Equality and diversity: volunteering is open to all and volunteers are treated fairly.
- Expenses: travel, and any other agreed out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
- Induction: volunteers are introduced to the work and ethos of the organisation.
- Organisational involvement: volunteers have influence and an informed voice on organisational issues.
- Personal development: identified needs are met through relevant training and development opportunities.
- Recruitment process: recruitment procedures are fair, efficient and consistent.
- Resolving difficulties: volunteers are aware of how to raise a concern, and how it will be handled.
- Reward and recognition: the organisation expresses its appreciation of the volunteers’ contribution.
- Safe volunteering environment: the physical and emotional risks of volunteering are identified, minimised, and covered by adequate insurance.
- Support: a named supervisor ensures ongoing support appropriate to need.
Ealing Volunteer Centre is accredited by Volunteering England. Volunteering England is committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Their work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers. Volunteering England is committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Volunteering England merged with National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) on 1st January 2013.
In addition to being accredited by Volunteering England, Ealing Volunteer Centre also holds the Investing in Volunteers Award, another programme run by NCVO. Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. It enables volunteer involving organisations to benchmark the quality of their volunteer management and involvement, prove and improve the effectiveness of their work with volunteers and enhance their organisation's reputation. To find out more, click here.
West London Volunteering Network
West London Volunteering Forum (WLVF) is the sub-regional body for Volunteering in West London. Its interests lie in the strategic development of Volunteering in West London and facilitating discussion, learning and collaboration amongst interested parties from the:
- voluntary and community sector (VCS)
- skills and education sector
- statutory sector
- private sector
WLVF operates as a semi-autonomous sub-group of the West London Network (WLN). WLN is the sub-regional body for the voluntary & community sector (VCS) in West London.