The Sussex Beacon awarded volunteering ‘gold standard’

Local HIV charity The Sussex Beacon has been awarded an ‘Investing in Volunteers’ accreditation, a ‘gold standard’ given to organisations which follow volunteering good practice.

The Sussex Beacon had to fulfil a range of criteria to be awarded the accreditation. The charity needed to demonstrate it was committing appropriate resources to volunteers, developing appropriate roles for them, had a clear recruitment process, had procedures in place to introduce new volunteers to the charity, took account of the varying support and supervision needs of individual volunteers and ensured that their contribution was recognised and valued.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “I’m delighted that we’ve been awarded this ‘gold standard’ accreditation for our work in this area. We have a brilliant team of volunteers, who are incredibly dedicated and absolutely vital to the smooth running of The Sussex Beacon. We couldn’t do without them.”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission last September. For further information about The Sussex Beacon please visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk.

Anyone interested in volunteering for The Sussex Beacon can apply online at www.sussexbeacon.org.uk/volunteer or call Jan on 01273 694 222. All volunteers at The Sussex Beacon are given training relevant to their role, on-going support and their expenses are paid.

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