Volunteer Coordinator Sam Lindley and Area Manager Helen Cook

Forward Leeds have successfully retained their Volunteer Kitemark for another three years.

The kitemark is awarded by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) and recognises organisations where volunteers receive a high quality, positive volunteering experience.

Forward Leeds Area Manager Helen Cook (above right) said: We’re delighted that the volunteer programme at Forward Leeds has been recognised by VAL.

“Volunteers are such an important part of what Forward Leeds offers. Their experience and skills add so much to the organisation. Importantly they provide real support and value to the people using our service. It’s always great watching volunteers progress and develop with us, gaining skills and confidence all the time.”

The assessor’s report said: “A good range of evidence provided that clearly shows the organisation has well-developed systems, procedures and experience of supporting and developing volunteers. The evidence also shows that Humankind has a well thought out volunteering programme that is well resourced and supported.”

The Kitemark examines the whole Volunteer Programme. Its looks to ensure that recruitment is fair and accessible, that volunteering is open to all and that policies are appropriate for volunteers. It also considers the supervision, support and training available amongst other things.

Humankind prides itself in their commitment and dedication to volunteers by providing a fair recruitment process, good training packages, personal and professional development opportunities and an all-round positive experience for volunteers.

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