What is the Kitemark?
The Kitemark is a quality mark that we have developed, in partnership with Rotherham Together Partnership, to highlight good practice amongst local volunteer involving organisations. It recognises excellence in managing volunteers and there are two levels that you can apply for initially:
Kitemark – STANDARD * Mandatory for anyone advertising via the VAR website.
Kitemark – PLUS
*The kitemark award lasts for three years and then we will ask if you would like to renew it. The renewal process is just a short form, telling us of any changes:
Kitemark – RENEWAL
Kitemark STANDARD A short application form, asking you to tell us how you manage volunteers, answering questions 1 – 5
Kitemark PLUS An application pack, asking you to evidence how you meet each of the nine criteria.
Kitemark RENEWAL A one page form, asking you tell us of any changes since you last achieved your kitemark.
How is the Kitemark Assessed and Awarded?
If organisations achieve kitemark standard, they can use the VAR website to advertise their volunteer roles. Volunteer Centre staff sign off kitemark standard applications. In re: to kitemark Plus, we have a panel of three assessors, made up from the local voluntary & community sector and statutory sector, who will score applications and ultimately award the Kitemark to organisations. If they achieve Kitemark Plus, they will be awarded a framed certificate and are free to use the Kitemark logo in any publicity relating to their organisation, to highlight that they have excellent volunteer management systems in place. In addition, their volunteer roles on our website will also be credited to say that they achieved Kitemark PLUS status.
What do you need to submit?
Less than you think! Kitemark standards can be e-mailed back and if successful, are signed off quickly. For Kitemark Plus, we require you to complete the application packs (hard copy) and return prior to the panel date (see panel dates below). We recommend submitting kitemark plus as a portfolio, in a ring binder.
It’s likely that you will already have developed many of the documents that you need for the sections in kitemark plus, so you might just need to include copies in your portfolio. Other sections may take some more time to evidence. Some sections may require you to include a ‘narrative’, which might just be a few lines explaining how you meet the standard and backing up evidence that you have included. It’s really helpful if you clearly mark each section (1 – 9), as this makes it a lot easier for us to assess your portfolio. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any queries about any of the awards.
What support is available?
You can always phone, or e-mail us if you get stuck or have any queries about any of the awardss, but we also run a quarterly, free Kitemark workshop, where we talk through each of the criteria in turn and give examples of evidence that you could use. It’s a two and a half hour workshop that mainly focuses on kitemark plus, delivered by Kerry McGrath at Voluntary Action Rotherham (please see the workshop dates below). All places need to be booked online –
For more information about the Kitemark, or to request a Kitemark pack, please contact Kerry McGrath on Tel: 01709 834451 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wall of Fame – Kitemark Achievers (2014 – 2016): Kitemark Achievers 2017:
- Voluntary Action Rotherham Your organisation could be listed here! Request a pack today!
- Swinton Lock Activity Centre
- SAFE@LAST Tassibee
- RUCST (Rotherham United Sports Trust) RMBC Community Justice Panels
- Victim Support Rotherham SYCIL (South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living)
- South Yorkshire Police Age UK Rotherham
- Rotherham Hospice Rotherham District Scouts
- South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
- REMA (Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance)
- Shiloh Rotherham
- Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
- Crossroads Care, Rotherham
- Rush House
- Crisis Skylight
- Doncaster Independent Visitor Scheme Kitemark Achievers 2018
- Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance Pioneer Social Enterprise Ltd
- MHA (Methodist Homes Aged) Acorn Memory Cafe