Rotherham Volunteer Kitemark
The Kitemark is recognition by Voluntary Action Rotherham and the Rotherham Local Strategic Partnership that your organisation manages a volunteering programme where volunteers receive a high quality, positive volunteering experience. Rotherham Volunteer Centre is one of the organisations promoting this Kitemark, helping volunteers to make informed choices about which organisation to apply to.
The Kitemark is intended to showcase good practice within volunteer involving organisations in Rotherham and the surrounding areas. The Kitemark follows five value statements that were developed locally in 2005 as part of the local compact codes on Volunteering: Choice, Diversity, Give and take, Recognition, and Standards. Choice does not require evidencing as we believe that volunteers would not be with you if they did not want to be.
The Kitemark is a certificate awarded to organisations and volunteer led community groups who can demonstrate that their volunteering programmes follow the principles that have been agreed as good practice in the Compact for Rotherham. It is valid for three years, after which organisations need to apply again. We will use the logo where we can to promote your opportunities to the public, highlighting that you have achieved the Kitemark, or Kitemark Plus status.
The application process
Organisations can request the Kitemark pack at any time, however the panel will meet quarterly to decide if applications meet the criteria. You will need to collect evidence to accompany your application form in the following areas for the Kitemark:
- Volunteering is open to everyone (Diversity)
- Organisations aim to deliver a good volunteering experience (Recognition)
- Recruitment of volunteers is fair and accessible (Diversity)
- Organisations have appropriate policies for managing volunteers (Standards)
- Volunteers are supported and supervised within their role (Give and take) Volunteer programmes provide the training and information that volunteers need to carry out their role (Give and take)
- Insurance, health and safety, safeguarding and other legal requirements are met (Standards)
If you want to apply for Kitemark plus you will also need to evidence the following:
- The organisation invests in the professional development of those who support volunteers either in a paid or unpaid capacity.
- The organisation recognises the value of volunteers
Who is the awarding body?
Voluntary Action Rotherham (via the Volunteer Centre) are the main organising body and meet with members of the Rotherham Volunteer Co-ordinator Forum every few months to review applications. Once accredited you will be able to use the logo on publicity or on the do-it website.
The next panel will meet in June 2016. If you would like to be considered for the next round contact Kerry McGrath on 01709 834451 or email on Kerry.firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS – 7 Organisations awarded Kitemark Plus in June 2016!!! Next panel will be the end of September with a Kitemark workshop (to help you to get ready) at the end of July….
Organisations awarded Rotherham Volunteer Kitemark so far:
Swinton Lock Activity Centre (Kitemark Plus) June 2014
The Rotherham Hospice (Kitemark Plus) June 2014
South Yorkshire Fire Service (Kitemark Plus) June 2014
Voluntary Action Rotherham (Kitemark Plus) June 2014
Safe@Last (Kitmark Plus) March 2015
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (Kitemark Plus) March 2015
Victim Support (Kitemark Plus) March 2015
South Yorkshire Police (Kitemark Plus) March 2015