This award is seen as the UK standard when it comes to volunteer management and is only awarded to organisations that can demonstrate – (through a lengthy paperwork trail!) – that they provide a high quality environment for their volunteers.
Commenting on the award, project Manager Anne Munro said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this status. Volunteering is a two-way street and we are committed to supporting and investing in those who give up their time to support the project and help support vital social services in their local community.”
The project relies on the support of a team of around 40 volunteers who work on its youth project, older people’s initiatives and with administration.
If you are interested in finding out more about the volunteering opportunities at the Pilmeny Development Project, you can find out how you can get involved at a Volunteer Induction Morning they have planned for the 29th of June.
Not coincidentally, it’s volunteer week this week, and local MP Mark Lazarowicz has taken the opportunity to put out a statement that recognises the vital role volunteers play in Leith – highlighting the fact that the impending Leith Festival is powered each year by hundreds of volunteers.
He said: “Volunteers are crucial to so many organisations in our community. Their work helps make our society a better place, and volunteers themselves also benefit tremendously from the experience – learning new skills, getting back into paid work, improving physical or mental well-being, or simply meeting interesting people and having fun.”