Your Student Volunteer has recently achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work they do with volunteers.
Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers. The standard is based on four areas of volunteer management; planning for volunteer involvement, recruiting volunteers, selecting and matching volunteers and supporting and retaining volunteers.
The SVC was assessed against these practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers.
Bridget Litchfield, SVC Manager, said “I am delighted that the Student Volunteer Centre has, once again, been successful in achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award. Achieving this national award clearly demonstrates the Students’ Union and Student Volunteer Centre’s continued commitment to offering a quality service to all of the students who take part in volunteering activities.”
Bridget continued “Volunteering offers students the opportunity to fulfil their passions and learn new skills that will enhance their employability. Alongside their studies, students are giving up their free time to volunteer in a variety of roles, many of which are based within the local community.”
The SVC works with more than 100 organisations, in areas such as art, sport, conservation and education. In 2012 over 3000 students were involved in volunteer projects.
Alice Russell spoke highly of her experience as an SVC Volunteer: “I’ve really enjoyed being involved with such a wide range of volunteering projects from primary schools to care homes, and my volunteer role has been so beneficial when applying for jobs. Volunteering helps you develop such a wide range of skills and qualities that you know employers are looking for: communication, planning, proactivity and leadership; but it also develops your confidence to use and talk about these skills.”
Russell continued “Essentially, volunteering with SVC is a great way to meet a diverse range of people, have great fun, and develop your creativity and confidence all whilst increasing your employability. In my time at SVC, all staff members have provided excellent support, training and encouragement whilst also helping me develop my own ideas for volunteering.”
For more information on volunteering visit http://www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/getinvolved/volunteering/