Volunteer Managers

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As Volunteer Managers you have the rewarding but not always straight forward job of recruiting, coordinating and supporting your team of Volunteer Walk Leaders to help deliver your projects aims. Outlined below are a number of resources and information sources that will help you in your role.

If there are any areas where you feel Paths for All could offer more support or you would like to pass on ideas to other Project Coordinators then please do get in touch by emailing volunteer@pathsforall.org.uk.

Policy, Procedures & Best Practice Information

Our Guidance Note on Working With Volunteers contains links to a number of example policy and document templates that will help you get started with your volunteer policies and procedures. These are designed for you to edit, personalise and adapt. A lot of projects develop ‘Volunteer Welcome Packs’ to ensure that new volunteers have access to all the information that they need before they start to volunteer.

The Guidance Note also contains advice on recruiting volunteers, retaining and rewarding volunteers, and several useful links.

Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults (PCVA)

It is important that your project has a policy for the protection of children and vulnerable adults. If you receive a grant from us, you must have a PCVA policy in place. If you don’t already have one, our PCVA Guidance Note will help you understand and meet the requirements. A sample PCVA policy and further support and guidance is also available on the Volunteer Scotland website.

icon PCVA Guidance Note (113.61 kB)

Volunteer Newsletter

We also produce a quarterly newsletter for Volunteer Walk Leaders called Footnotes. Previous editions can be viewed here. You can submit articles, news or photos for publication in the newsletter by emailing volunteer@pathsforall.org.uk

Volunteer Awards

We run a local Volunteer Award scheme. The awards are designed to be administered by Project Coordinators to reward and thank their volunteers. There are 5 categories:
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Long Service
  • Outstanding Contribution
    Certificates and gifts for each award can be ordered from Paths for All using the form here (Please only order the exact number you require rather than ordering more and storing for future use). 

We also run National Volunteer Awards.  These are open to all projects across Scotland and aim to recognise our outstanding volunteers and the work they do. The winning volunteers will be presented with a certificate, commemorative gift and £250 for their project to spend on their volunteers.

There are nine categories:
  • Dementia Friendly Volunteer of the Year
  • Step Count Champion of the Year
  • Walking Football Volunteer of the Year
  • Health Walk Volunteer of the Year
  • Health Walk Volunteer Group of the Year
  • Volunteer Manager of the Year
  • Community Path Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Path Group of the Year

Information about the Awards is here.

Investing in Volunteers and Volunteer Friendly Awards

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK award, managed in Scotland by Volunteer Development Scotland, which recognises an organisation’s commitment to high quality volunteer involvement.  There is a huge amount of evidence to show that organisations that have invested time in ensuring that their volunteers are treated well attract more volunteers and keep them for longer.

Unlike other quality awards IiV has a unique focus on volunteering, giving organisations the opportunity to improve and develop practice – making a good organisation even better.

The IiV standard is based on the four areas of volunteer management:
  • Planning for volunteer involvement
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Selecting and matching volunteers
  • Supporting and retaining volunteers

Organisations registering for the award must be able to demonstrate that a basic framework for involving volunteers is already in place. You should have at least some policies and practices to support the recruitment and involvement of volunteers.

Paths for All are able to help you through the process, providing support and examples of best practice in other similar projects. Contact your Development Officer if you would like to discuss, or visit the IiV website for More information about the award.

The Volunteer Friendly Award is a new award which helps you to take a systematic look at what you do and how you do it.  It offers a flexible approach which allows your group to work at its own pace, with full support from your local Volunteer Centre. It is based on the national standard Investing in Volunteers (IiV) but is designed for small organisations which may not be ready to undertake IiV yet, or which may be looking for a stepping stone towards IiV. It’s currently being rolled out across the country so contact your local Volunteer Centre for more details.

For more information visit:

Volunteer Scotland
Training, Policy advice, Investing in Volunteers Award, resources.

Disclosure Scotland
Criminal Records Bureau Scotland.

The institute aims to develop knowledge and understanding of volunteering for policy makers and practitioners.
SCVO works to advance the values and shared interests of the voluntary sector in Scotland.

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