Peebleshire Youth Trust - Volunteer Friendly!

Peeblesshire youth charity is great with volunteers! 

Peeblesshire Youth Trust VF Award

Peeblesshire Youth Trust (PYT), the charity that works with parents and schools to support children and families, has been highly praised for its excellent management of volunteers.

Presenting the Trust with a Volunteer Friendly Award last week, Susan Swan, Executive Officer of Volunteer Centre Borders, said, “The welfare of volunteers is at the forefront of PYT’s success. PYT volunteers have fun doing what they have chosen to do – but at the same time, they are protected, supported, valued and rewarded.”

Photo shows Angela Preston, Peeblesshire Youth Trust (PYT) Co-Ordinator, (centre) and Robert Harrison, Chair of the PYT Board, receiving the Volunteer Friendly Award from Susan Swan, Executive Officer, Volunteer Centre Borders (right). 

PYT deploys 70 volunteers in a number of community support projects, including the Achieve Your Potential Programme for Primary 6 pupils in Peebles and Innerleithen, one-to-one support sessions for secondary school pupils in Peebles and a Christmas hamper delivery service – all initiatives which can make a real difference to the lives of children and their families in the Tweeddale area.

Susan Swan said, “Since it started five years ago, PYT has gone from strength to strength. But its success is not accidental – it is because of hard work and good management throughout the organisation. When we asked PYT if they would like to complete the Volunteer Friendly quality assurance, we knew that we would receive a portfolio of evidence showing how good they are, but we hadn’t anticipated seeing one of the best Volunteer Friendly portfolios yet. It is a fine example – not just of how to present the information, but how to treat volunteers and keep a well-run organisation going.

I’m not at all surprised that our first plan to present this award was thwarted in December by PYT visiting Number 10 Downing Street [when Angela Preston, PYT Co-ordinator, was invited to a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister], because the work that is done deserves to be recognised.”

With the voluntary sector growing daily, management of volunteers is a subject increasingly on the agenda, and there is a substantial need for standards in volunteering to be of the highest level. A Volunteer Friendly Award is a nationally recognised quality standard designed to help serve this need by supporting groups or organisations which are good at involving volunteers.

There are lots of benefits to having a Volunteer Friendly Award.  Managers will have better motivated volunteers, who will, in turn, have confidence that they are being looked after well.Volunteers can be sure that they are joining a group that will value and protect their interests. And having a Volunteer Friendly Award shows funding bodies that good practices are in place.