Children North East celebrates another Investing in Volunteers award!

Children North East is proud to share it is an Investing in Volunteers achiever after being awarded the quality standard this month for the 9th year, this month. The standard demonstrates the value we place on the experience of our volunteers across the organisation and our provision of support for those volunteering with us.

Sarah Peart, Head of HR, shared how pleased the team are with the achievement, “We are very lucky at Children North East to have passionate volunteers supporting our work in a range of roles, including youth peer mentors, student placements and those providing support to families. Maintaining the Investing in Volunteers standard helps us showcase our commitment to those volunteering with the charity and to stay at the cutting edge of best practices in engaging, supporting and developing volunteers.”

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers. It aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and is delivered by the three national volunteering infrastructure bodies Volunteer Scotland, Volunteer Now, and WCVA. Together they enable organisations across the UK to achieve the award.

To achieve the standard, Children North East was assessed against six quality areas and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers. These include:

  1. Vision for Volunteering
  2. Planning for Volunteers
  3. Volunteer inclusion
  4. Recruiting and welcoming volunteers
  5. Supporting volunteers
  6. Valuing and developing volunteers

Denise Hayward, Chair of UKVF (the Awarding Body) said “UKVF is delighted to announce Children North East‘s successful achievement of this Award, they have demonstrated a real commitment to volunteering, proven that their volunteer management policies and procedures meet nationally recognised standards.”

Kim Ross, who volunteered with Children North East as a mentor supporting our CAN: Confident Adults Newcastle project, shared her experience, “I’d say it’s probably a 50-50 relationship where the person who’s volunteering is getting as much out of the experience as the person they’re working with.” You can read her case study on our website.

If you think that you could spare a few hours a week supporting our work and would like to learn more about the different volunteering opportunities, visit the dedicated area on our website or email

Children North East current Investing in Volunteers award will lasts until 2025.