Western Isles Association for Mental Health and Befriending Lewis became the 17th and 18th organisations to achieve a WAVE Award this week.
The WAVE Award (Western Isles Award for Volunteering Excellence) is a local award facilitated by the Volunteer Centre Western Isles. The award recognises those organisations that support and value their volunteers, providing a volunteering experience of a high standard. The award application process is based on a set of 9 standards and Volunteer Centre Staff are on hand to provide advice, support and information throughout the self assessment process.
Certificates were presented to Del Gunn from WIAMH at their drop in centre on Bayhead, and Tina Macleod at the Befriending Lewis launch in the town hall on Monday. Terri Davies from the Volunteer Centre Western Isles congratulated the 2 organisations on their achievements, "We are thrilled to be presenting awards to WIAMH and Befriending Lewis. They are both excellent examples of organisations who understand the value their volunteers bring and have put in place a range of measures to make sure their volunteers are supported and have the best experience of volunteering."
Running since 2009, Terri explained why the Awards came about. "We recognised that lots of local organisations were doing great things and many more wanted help to improve their volunteer experience, but in most cases the expensive national schemes were beyond their resources.
But we also wanted to champion organisations like WIAMH and Befriending Lewis who have put a great deal of time and energy into planning for their volunteer involvement and are committed to supporting and developing their volunteers. Congratulations to WIAMH and Befriending Lewis for their recent achievements."