Volunteer awards

The volunteers receive their certificates for all their hard work.
The volunteers receive their certificates for all their hard work.

Over the last 18 months the Volunteer Centre Western Isles (VCWI) has been trying out its new Volunteer Management Program as a pilot project with the Western Isles Sensory Centre (WISC).

The pilot project has recently come to an end and to mark the handover of the volunteer management back to WISC the volunteers were invited to an awards Lunch.

The event was a token of appreciation from the Volunteer Centre and WISC to thank the volunteers for all their hard work over the last 18 months.

After receiving her ‘Certificate of Appreciation’, Helen Macleod said: “I really enjoy volunteering here, it’s given me an understanding of what people with a sensory impairment go through on a daily basis and how the Sensory Centre can help them.”

As part of the pilot program Roy Macphail from the VCWI worked with WISC to develop all the policies and support procedures needed to effectively recruit and manage their own volunteers.

He then went on to recruit and induct a group of volunteers on their behalf.

Roy had a real passion for this project: “I was delighted to be working with the Western Isles Sensory Centre as part of the pilot project; it meant I was able to test every stage of the Volunteer Management Program as it was being developed to ensure that it was fit for purpose.”

At the end of the program WISC were able to go on to achieve their ‘Western Isles Award for Volunteering Excellence’ this coveted award recognises those organisations who have demonstrated a commitment to and understanding of the needs of their volunteers. WISC become only the 12th organisation in the Western Isles to have achieved this.

Terri Davies, joint manager at the VCWI said: “This opportunity came at just the right time for the Volunteer Centre, we were in the process of reviewing our current services and looking at new ways to generate income for the VCWI. Being able to try out a new service as a pilot like this has been invaluable in our own organisational development and we are looking forward to offering the new service to other voluntary groups in the near future.”