The Investing in Volunteers (IiV) award is the gold standard accreditation for organisations that work with Volunteers. Taff Housing Association is delighted to have been the first housing association in Wales to be accredited.
Taff’s Building Futures programme offers access to a wide range of internal and external volunteer opportunities that each include a package of accredited training and one to one support to complement practical experience gained through placements. The award demonstrates that Taff has volunteering embedded right across the association, values volunteers, and tailors placements to individual needs and aspirations.
When asked by IiV, one volunteer said, “I can’t believe how accepting and non-judgemental [Taff] are, allowing the chance for opportunities that you wouldn’t normally get. Nothing’s too much trouble. I thought my health problem would be a barrier but it wasn’t. One staff member said she believed in me, which made me feel proud and happy.”
Chief Executive, Elaine Ballard said: “We believe in the strength of our communities and the people who live here. Our volunteering and educational programmes are simply about unlocking the talent and enthusiasm already present in our neighbourhoods. This award is definitely well deserved, and a credit to Clare and all our volunteers.”
Clare Dickinson, Senior Community Investment Officer leading the Building Futures Scheme, commented on the accreditation by saying that ‘We hope that achieving the standard will continue to strengthen our reputation as one of the best housing related employment support programmes in Wales and encourage more people to volunteer.’
‘I would encourage anybody to uptake the volunteering opportunities available at Taff by calling 02920 259146, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org’.