Peebles CAB achieves the first 'Volunteer Friendly' Award in the Borders

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Marjorie Hume, Chair of Volunteer Centre Borders, presents the Volunteer Friendly award certificate to Alasdair Stewart, CAB Peebles Board Member.

 Peebles CAB is Volunteer Friendly
Fair and proper treatment for the Scottish Borders’ legions of voluntary workers took a decisive step forward today on 12th December when Peebles & District Citizens Advice Bureau became the first organisation in the region to win a Volunteer Friendly Award. 
The Volunteer Friendly scheme looks poised to take the Borders by storm, with ten more local organisations, ranging from youth groups to animal welfare and environmental bodies, expected to win Volunteer Friendly Awards by March 2013.
Peebles CAB won the accolade after convincing the assessor from Volunteer Centre Borders that it follows best practice towards its 30 volunteers, and producing a folder of material evidence to back this up. Award winners must demonstrate that they manage their volunteers properly, treat them fairly, train and support them, offer them career development and celebrate their contributions to the organisation.
With the voluntary sector growing daily, management of volunteers is a subject increasingly on the agenda, and there is a growing need for standards in volunteering to be of the highest level.
John Montgomery, Manager of Peebles CAB, said, “We are very proud to be the first organisation in the Borders to receive this valuable award. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the CAB, and the work that they are expected to do, as advisers or administrators, for example, is often complex and demanding. They deserve all the support they can get and we are very pleased to have proven that we can provide it to them.”
Andy Crawley, Chairman of the CAB, added, “It is wonderful that the hard and dedicated work of the volunteers has been rewarded in this way. It always amazes me when I visit the bureau to see the enthusiastic way that the volunteers carry out their tasks, and it is only right that, as a Board, we support these individuals in the way we do.”
Presenting the Volunteer Friendly Award to Mr Alasdair Stewart, CAB Board member, at the Chambers Institution, Peebles, Marjorie Hume, Chair of the VCB Board, told the audience that Peebles CAB had thoroughly impressed everyone with its excellent achievement in motivating, managing and rewarding its hard-working and dedicated volunteers.
Susan Swan, VCB’s Executive Officer, explained, “There are lots of benefits to having a Volunteer Friendly Award.  Managers will get better motivated volunteers and employers can be more confident that their volunteers 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.”
 
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Volunteers from CAB Peebles celebrate their Volunteer Friendly award with John Montgomery, Manager of CAB Peebles (left), Marjorie Hume, Chair of Volunteer Centre Borders (third from left) and Alasdair Stewart, CAB Peebles Board Member (holding plaque).