BeFriend is Volunteer Friendly

Berwickshire Housing Association's BeFriend project has achieved a prestigious national award recognising its support for its team of volunteers.

BHA BeFriend

BeFriend, where volunteers offer one-to-one informal companionship to people over 55, has been awarded 'Volunteer Friendly', a national scheme delivered locally by Volunteer Centre Borders (VCB). Assessors scrutinised the project's policies and procedures in five strands covering things like training, motivation, equality and communication.

VCB Executive Officer, Gordon Brown, said:

"This project only exists because of the contribution of volunteers and this is obvious from BeFriend's policies and practices, that they are supported and celebrated as much as possible in their vital roles.
"At a time when volunteers are needed more than ever before to help deliver many of the services which make our communities so healthy and vibrant, it is great BeFriend is one of an increasing number of organisations not only putting their volunteers at the forefront of their strategic planning but also giving them the necessary training and recognition."

BeFriend co-ordinator Terri Bearhope said:

"I'm delighted that BeFriend has been recognised as a volunteer-centred project. It's easy to keep your head down and presume that as long as no-one raises any problems, then the project is working well but 'Volunteer Friendly' provides the opportunity to check that the support volunteers get from us is of a good standard. Everything the project does is done with volunteers in mind because they are the project. Thanks to VCB and 'Volunteer Friendly' we've been given the chance to demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards of volunteer management."