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National Army Museum secures Investing in Volunteers quality standard award

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This week the National Army Museum has achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard award; recognising the excellent work the Museum does with its volunteers.

Teresa Scott, Assistant Director of HR at the National Army Museum says:

'Our Volunteers are essential to the running of the Museum, particularly during our current Building For The Future project. We appreciate each and every volunteer that participates in our programme and we are very proud to receive this award.'

Investing in Volunteers is the only UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers. The standard aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all those who participate, it also allows organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by its volunteers.

Investing in Volunteers is managed by the UK Volunteering Forum and delivered by NCVO, Volunteer Scotland, Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

The National Army Museum was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to 'excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers'.

Teresa Scott says:

'The assessment was rigorous, but simple to implement. We expect that this new standard will result in more volunteer applications, as it truly shows our commitment to their happiness and development.'

The standard is based on four areas of volunteer management; planning for Investing in Volunteers – Celebrating Your Success – updated April 2015:

  • volunteer involvement
  • recruiting volunteers
  • selecting and matching volunteers
  • supporting and retaining volunteers.

The Standard will enhance volunteer management and is designed to be simple to implement and not to generate large amounts of paperwork. It is the only quality standard that has independent external validation with a UK Quality Assurance Panel that makes recommendations to the UK Volunteering Forum, the awarding body.

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For more information, please contact the National Army Museum press office at pr@nam.ac.uk or 020 7881 2433.

Investing in Volunteers

The development of Investing in Volunteers has been funded by the GUS Charitable Trust, Home Office and the Department of Health.

For further information about the programme in each country, please contact:

England - contact Michael Scott at NCVO. Email: michael.scott@ncvo-vol.org.uk

Scotland - contact Anne Hislop at Volunteer Scotland. Email: anne.hislop@volunteerscotland.org.uk

Wales - contact Fiona Liddell at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. Email: fliddell@wcva.org.uk

Northern Ireland - contact Sandra Adair at Volunteer Now. Email: Sandra.Adair@volunteernow.co.uk

UK Volunteering Forum represents the lead Volunteer Development Agencies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

National Army Museum

The National Army Museum is the leading authority on the history of the British Army. Founded in 1960 by Royal Charter and established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting objects and records relating to the Land Forces of the British Crown it is a museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains. The Museum tells the story of the British Army, the personal experiences of the soldiers who have served and connects the British public and its Army demonstrating how the role of the Army and its actions are still relevant today.

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Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK.

For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: (020) 7591 6036 out of hours mobile: 07973 613820.

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