The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award in recognition of its accomplishment in supporting, training, motivating and valuing its volunteer team. The Castle and Museum are the 9th organisation in Perth and Kinross to have achieved the award. The award is to be presented to the Castle and Museum by Liz Grant, Provost of Perth and Kinross on Wednesday 3rd September at 2pm.
Leanor Blackhall, Volunteer and Friends Coordinator explains, Providing a great volunteer journey is of paramount importance to us; we aim to ensure our volunteers enjoy their experience with us whilst assuring that the volunteer programme is effectively integrated with the aims and needs of the Museum. Undertaking the Volunteer Friendly Award meant that we had to look at our framework and practices to make certain they meet the quality standards required. Achieving the Award gives us the knowledge that we are providing a sound volunteering programme which reflects best practice in the sector.
Lidia Dye, Development Officer with Voluntary Action Perthshire states, Working with The Black Watch Castle Museum through the process of achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award has given me the opportunity to find out about their work and how they work with volunteers. I found it heartening to see how they look for ways to include volunteers in their work and make it as enjoyable and worthwhile experience as possible. It was a pleasure working with them.
The Volunteer Friendly Award is a nationally recognised accolade developed by Dundee Volunteer Centre which rewards organisations who evidence that their volunteer management practice provides effective induction, training, development opportunities and ongoing support and recognition for their volunteers.