We are pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded the Leeds Volunteering Kite mark for our volunteer programme. This quality standard is valid until March 2020.
To achieve this quality standard Healthwatch Leeds had to demonstrate
- That our volunteer programme is open to everyone
- That we deliver a good volunteering experience
- The organisation gives volunteers a quality volunteering experience and they are valued within the organisation
- Recruitment of volunteers is fair and accessible
- We have appropriate policies for managing volunteers
- Volunteers are supported and supervised within their role
- We provide the training and information volunteers need to carry out their role
- Evidence that Insurance, health and safety, safeguarding and other legal requirements are met
Assessor Gary Blake, Supporting Organisations Manager (Voluntary Action Leeds) fed back:
“Having assessed your portfolio; I have no hesitation in recommending Healthwatch to receive your Kitemark. I thought your portfolio was great. It’s evident that lots of work has gone into putting your portfolio together and a really good variety of evidence has been submitted. Well done and best wishes.”
The Volunteering Kitemark is designed to give recognition that an organisation meets the principles set out in the toolkits and the Leeds Compact.
Accreditation is available to organisations who meet the standard.
Details about the Kitemark and how to apply are available to download below.
To find out more about volunteer opportunities at Healthwatch Leeds Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Craig for a chat.
We don't have a fixed idea of who will want to help us out, but if you can sign up to our vision and values - we'll try and work something out with you.
The kind of people who might want to volunteer with us might be;
- People who want to share the knowledge and understanding they have developed by using a health or social service
- People who want to understand more about how health and social services work - maybe wanting to get a job in health or social care?
- People who have experience of caring for or looking after someone with a health difficulty
- People who are interested in learning new skills or bringing their knowledge and skills