1st - 7th June marks Volunteer's week, and is a chance for us to say THANK YOU to all of our volunteers.
OSARCC volunteers ensure that we offer our service users a continued high standard of support in all of our frontline services. They truly are the beating heart of our organisation, and it is thanks to our volunteers both past and present that we have been able to offer support to survivors in Oxfordshire for the past 30 years.
Without our volunteers we would also not have been the proud winners of the 'Management of Volunteers Award' in the 2012 OCVA Community and Volunteer Awards.
In line with our continued commitment to our volunteers OSARCC also signed up to the new Oxfordshire Valuing Volunteers Charter, showing our commitment to good practice in the management of volunteers.
The principles of the Oxfordshire Valuing Volunteers Charter state:
- All volunteering is undertaken by choice, and all individuals should have the right to volunteer, or indeed not to volunteer
- Effective structures should be put in place to support volunteers and the activities they undertake, and these should be fully considered and costed when services are planned and developed
- While volunteers do not receive financial rewards for their activities, they should receive reasonable out of pocket expenses
- Volunteers should have access to appropriate training
- Volunteers should be provided with opportunities to contribute to the development of volunteering policies and procedures
- Volunteers should be able to carry out their duties in safe, secure and healthy environments that are free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, violence and discrimination
- The added value of volunteers should be highlighted as part of the commissioning or grantmaking process
- There should be recognised mechanisms for the resolution of any problems between organisations and volunteers or between paid staff and volunteers
On signing the charter, OSARCC's Volunteer Co-ordinator, Lisa Ward said:
"OSARCC recognises that volunteers play a critical role in charities' ability to provide vital services in Oxfordshire. Volunteers should be offered support and training to help them recognise their abilities, develop their skills and bring new and alternative perspectives to an organisation.
We therefore wholeheartedly welcome and commit to a charter which recognises and values the contribution volunteers make. Volunteers are an integral part of OSARCC, without whom our ability to support survivors of sexual violence in Oxfordshire would be greatly reduced.”