Once again YLF are awarded the NCVO Investing in Volunteers Accreditation!

We are delighted to announce that due to the hard work of the staff and volunteers YLF have again been awarded the NCVO Investing in Volunteers Accreditation.  We are grateful to all those who have helped us achieve this national recognition.    A particular thank you to the staff and volunteers who took part in the two assessment days in September.


The accreditation really does give YLF credibility and offers a huge reassurance that our internal structures, processes, cultures and values allow volunteers to deliver front line work to young people and vulnerable adults that is of high quality and makes a difference where it is needed the most.  The contribution made by our volunteers is significant and something valued by all involved with YLF.  They carry out an amazing 32,000 hours of voluntary work each year and the charity could not operate without them.

“We are delighted to have achieved this award once more, especially in view of all the recent changes to our teams this year. Once again, the dedication and performance of our volunteers and staff have been recognised for the incredible outcomes we achieve together” – Neil Vickery, Mentoring and Befriending Manager.

The final report from the Assessor states:

"Volunteering is part of YLF's ethos.  They charity are inclusive and volunteers connect to the charity and the work of the charity.  They are integral to service provision and volunteering is at the hub of what the charity does"

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers. Investing in Volunteers aims to improve the quality of volunteering experience for all volunteers and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by 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.

Investing in Volunteers is unique in that it is the only standard that focuses on volunteers. It is based on four areas of volunteer management; planning for volunteer involvement, recruiting volunteers, selecting and matching volunteers, and supporting and retaining volunteers.

Further information about the Standard can be found on www.iiv.investinginvolunteers.org.uk The Standard will enhance volunteer management and is rigorous but designed to be simple to implement and not to generate large amounts of paperwork. It is the only quality standard

To find out more about volunteering with YLF click here or text HERO to 60777