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LRSN achieves Investing in Volunteers standard, again!

LRSN has this week been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work we undertake with our 33 volunteers.

We first achieved accreditation in 2016, recognising the importance of our volunteers’ roles in all aspects of the organisation’s work to support the county’s farming and rural communities through tough times.

Alison Twiddy, LRSN’s project manager said: “We are a volunteer-led organisation, so our re-accreditation of the Investing in Volunteers standard is incredibly important to us. We couldn’t function without our volunteers whose skills, knowledge and direction we value so greatly. The LRSN family worked hard this year to achieve the reaccreditation and we would like to say a great big “thank you” to everyone for your support and guidance during the process.”

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for excellence in volunteer management. IiV aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by volunteers. IiV is managed by the UK Volunteering Forum and delivered by the National Council for Voluntary Organisation (NCVO), Volunteer Scotland, Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Watch our short video to find out more about LRSN's IiV reaccreditation:


LRSN was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers. IiV’s nine good practice development areas cover all aspects of volunteer involvement, ensuring an excellent volunteer experience from interview to exit:

• Planning for volunteer involvement

• Recruiting and matching volunteers

• Recognizing and rewarding volunteers

Jane Chard, the LRSN director who led the reaccreditation process, added: “We were measured against the IiV criteria to make sure that our volunteers are properly valued, and their safety ensured. The completion of a forty-two-page self-assessment gave us an opportunity to look closely at what we do, which is a worthwhile exercise for any organisation.

“The IiV reaccreditation means we can formally celebrate the important role our volunteers play in making everything possible, as, without them, LRSN could not exist.”