The Belfast Hills Partnership’s loyal team of volunteers have been celebrating the Partnership’s becoming an Investing in Volunteers (IiV) achiever, having been awarded the quality standard today.


Lisa Critchley, the Belfast Hills Outreach and Volunteer Officer, said “we are delighted to have been awarded this quality standard from Volunteer Now. This award is a UK quality standard which shows that we value our volunteers and demonstrates our commitment to volunteering within the organization”.


The Belfast Hills Partnership was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers.


Sandra Adair, Director, Volunteer Now Enterprises, said “Volunteer Now is delighted to announce The Belfast Hills Partnership’s successful achievement of this Award, they have demonstrated a real commitment to volunteering, proving that their volunteer management policies and procedures meet nationally recognised standards.”


Investing in Volunteers is unique in that it is the only standard that focuses on volunteers.  It is based on four areas of volunteer management; planning for volunteer involvement, recruiting volunteers, selecting and matching volunteers and supporting and retaining volunteers.


Lizzy Pinkerton, Scheme Manager for the Belfast Hills Partnership, explained “our volunteers play a fundamental role in almost everything we do. Whether it’s planting trees at an old quarry site, mapping an area burned by wildfire, or managing the spread of invasive species, we need the help of volunteers to continue our work. Whether you’re a seasoned conservationist or a novice, we have a task that will suit you, so please get in touch and get involved!”