Volunteering programme recognised for high standards

12 August 2019

Volunteering programme recognised for high standards
Imperial Health Charity’s hospital volunteering programme has been officially recognised by leading figures in the voluntary sector.

After a rigorous assessment process following two-and-a-half years of development work, the charity was awarded the prestigious Investing in Volunteers accreditation.

It’s the first time an NHS hospital charity based in London has achieved the quality standard.

“We’re really pleased to have our hard work recognised through this national standard,” said Sam Morris, the charity’s Head of Volunteering.

“It shows that we’re providing an excellent volunteer experience for everyone who devotes their time to support our hospitals.”

The Investing in Volunteers status reflects the charity’s commitment to the highest standards of volunteer management.

In achieving the special status, the charity was able to demonstrate excellent standards in nine key areas, including the planning and preparation for managing volunteers, recruiting and matching volunteers to particular roles, and recognising and rewarding volunteers for their contribution.

The assessors also recognised the charity’s commitment to diversity in volunteering and the steps taken to provide support and supervision for volunteers. The accreditation means the charity‘s programme now sits alongside the very best in the voluntary sector.  

 In the last year, the number of volunteers participating in the programme has more than doubled, with 509 volunteers contributing over 35,000 hours during 2018/19.

To find out more about the charity's volunteering programme, click here.