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  • LINK Befriending Project achieves Volunteer Friendly Award

    Created: 23/02/2021

    We are delighted to announce that LINK – Fife Mental Health Befriending Project is officially a Volunteer Friendly organisation after achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award in December 2020.

    LINK has achieved this accolade for the way they involve, manage and support volunteers, following the five strands of the Volunteer Friendly Award standards.

    The Volunteer Friendly Award is given for excellent volunteer management practice and LINK has provided evidence that it manages volunteers effectively, treats them fairly, trains and supports them in their roles, offers them the opportunity for personal development and celebrates the contribution they make to the organisation.

    Overall this shows their commitment as an organisation to involving volunteers in satisfying and rewarding roles.

    How and why you involve volunteers:

    LINK was set up in 1996 as a result of demand from service users and workers who felt there was a gap in adult mental health service provision that could be met by a befriending service.

    In 2003 LINK set up the Adolescent Befriending Project working with 12 - 18 year olds in East Fife and Levenmouth. In 2019, the Adolescent Project expanded and now also covers Glenrothes.

    The projects aim to recruit, train and support volunteers who will be matched to people who are isolated due to mental health problems.

    Referrals to the service come from various agencies, including Health, Social Work and the Voluntary Sector.

    LINK is an independent organisation with its own policies, procedures, and Management Committee.

    What the Award is for:

    The Volunteer Friendly Award is a simple, user-friendly quality standard to support, recognise and reward groups that are good at involving volunteers.

    It has never been more important for groups to be able to show how good they are at involving and managing their volunteers.

    Volunteer Friendly helps you to take a systematic look at what you do and how you do it. It offers a flexible approach with full support from your local Third Sector Interface.

    There are lots of benefits to having the Volunteer Friendly Award, to both the organisation and its volunteers. Volunteers will have confidence that they are being looked after well and treated as an equal member of the organisation and will be recognised for the contribution they make. With a nationally recognised quality standard in volunteer management the organisation can show funding bodies that good volunteer management practices are in place.

    To find out more about the Volunteer Friendly Award contact Fife Voluntary Action at 0800 389 6046 or [email protected]

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