Getting the recognition your charity deserves!

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Advice Worker
Article date
10 February 2017
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We were delighted to hear from ABC to Read last week, who were  awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality award (full article here). A big round of applause to the charity, who were also awarded our very own RVA Safe and Sound quality award last year.

In this article, we wanted to explain a little more about what Investing in Volunteers is and how the RVA Safe and Sound quality award can help you to make leaps and bounds when applying for more nationally recognised awards.

What is Investing in Volunteers?

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management that focuses on improving your effectiveness in working with volunteers. The award is recognised nationally and will enhance your organisation’s reputation. Achieving the standard shows your volunteers – and potential volunteers – how much they are valued and gives them confidence in your ability to provide an outstanding volunteer experience. More on Investing in Volunteers here.

RVA Safe and Sound can help you get started

The RVA Safe and Sound quality award is a local Reading-based award that is locally relevant, credible and achievable. As a completely free service delivered by RVA and funded by the Earley Charity, it aims to give Reading’s charities the confidence that they have reached a basic level of good governance. It can be used to highlight any gaps in your group’s composition and procedures. Many of Reading’s charity’s are working towards this award and we’re pleased to confirm that five charities have been awarded this quality mark, helping them to go on to achieving further quality awards and assisting them in securing valuable funding streams.

We caught up with Marcia Rowlinson (CEO at ABC to Read) to find out how RVA Safe and Sound has benefited them:

“Going through the RVA Safe and Sound process last year made the whole Investing in Volunteers award process very smooth and not as difficult as I had envisaged. Knowing that we have good governance, following on from RVA’s help in obtaining Safe and Sound, gave us a very good step towards completing all of the tasks that were required for Investing in Volunteers, as well as the confidence to work towards it.”

Congratulations to Reading Mencap!

We are also delighted to announce that Reading Mencap has recently joined the growing number of charity’s to be awarded the Safe and Sound quality award. RVA wishes them continued success in good governance and all the benefits that follow. Here are a few words from chair of trustees Leslie MacDonald:

“Great to be awarded Safe and Sound as we can now show all our service users and supporters that we are a well governed charity.”

You can read more about Safe and Sound and start the process here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at or telephone 0118 937 2273.