Cornerstone is the most recent organisation to receive the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) award, which is the UK quality standard demonstrating an organisations commitment to volunteering.
To achieve the award Cornerstone had to demonstrate best practice and commitment to the continuous support, training and development of their volunteers. Cornerstone's volunteers contribute a huge amount of their time to enable the people we support to enjoy a valued life. Opportunities range from befriending, activity enabling, office based volunteering, to gardening placements where volunteers overhaul the outside space at one of our services. We also offer corporate volunteering where teams work at decorating, make over and gardening projects within our services.
The award was presented at the Volunteer Development Scotland AGM on 25 January, Alison McPherson Cornerstone's Volunteer Manager for North and Central Scotland said, "Achieving the quality standard' Investing in Volunteers' involved a lot of hard work to complete a very thorough process. We have all learnt a lot from the experience and it has given us the confidence to know that we offer our volunteers a rewarding experience in exchange for their time and commitment. Our volunteers make a very positive impact on the lives of people supported by Cornerstone and the services we offer, whether befriending someone we support or helping out behind the scenes, each volunteer makes a very valuable contribution. We now look forward to welcoming new volunteers into the organisation and offering some exciting new roles. "
Cornerstone has a host of new volunteering opportunities across Scotland and is celebrating the European Year of Volunteering by holding a number of events, including a parade during Volunteers week.
Pictured: Susan Van Horen, Volunteer Co-ordinator and Alison McPherson, Volunteer Manager