Valuing Volunteer Management 6 Point Promise​

The 6 Point Promise is designed to help organisations, groups and sports clubs to recruit and retain their volunteers. Organisations across the county are asked to complete the online checklist to self-assess their current management of volunteers. Our aim is to raise standards of volunteer management – we all know how vital volunteers are to our organisations, but sometimes we don’t give their management the time it deserves.

If you have completed the 6 Point Promise you will begin to appreciate the benefits:-

  • recognition by potential funders as taking volunteer management seriously.
  • eligibility for nomination for the Herts Valuing Volunteer Management and Lees Awards.
  • acknowledgement by volunteers that the organisation really cares about its people.
  • better recruitment and retention of volunteers.
  • increased community profile – on the Volunteering Herts CIC website.
  • access to further support from the Volunteer Centre.

If you have been meaning to check out the 6 Point Promise, but have yet to make a start … now is the time! Once completed, your volunteers will get the chance to nominate your organisation for the 2020 Volunteer Management Awards and a chance to win our trophy. To begin the 6 Point Promise process, please contact your local Volunteer Centre by phone/email or go to our website. Working through a checklist of simple statements about basic volunteer management you will be able to decide whether the way you treat volunteers fits the bill or maybe needs a bit of attention. We can help with any questions you may have and offer template documents which you can adopt and adapt to suit your organisation. Please contact us if you need more information.

FAQ. Valuing Volunteer Management 6 Point Promise

Q. What is the 6 Point Promise?

A. It is a commitment to good practice, designed to help organisations, groups and sports clubs to recruit and retain their volunteers.

Q. How does the checklist work?

A. The checklist consists of a series of simple statements about basic volunteer management – the responses to the statements are simply “yes”, “no” or “in part”. If your organisation is unable to answer “yes” to all the statements, the local Volunteer Centre will be able to help with 1:1 guidance, a volunteer management toolkit, template documents, and training sessions.

Q. Why should I do it?

A. There are several benefits:

· recognition by potential funders that volunteer management is taken seriously

· eligibility for nomination for the Herts Valuing Volunteer Management Award which has cash prizes!

· acknowledgement by volunteers that the organisation cares about its people

· better recruitment and retention of volunteers

· increased community profile – on Volunteering Herts websites

· access to further support from your local Volunteer Centres.

Q. But I am very busy does it take very long?

A. The self-assessment checklist takes about 15 minutes to complete. If you have all the necessary policies and procedures in place the process can be very quick. In the long run, having the right policies and procedures in place will save you time and stress.

Q. What happens when I’ve completed the 6 Point Promise self-assessment?

A. The Volunteer Centre will need a copy of your organisation’s Volunteering Policy to validate the commitment to good practice and will then issue a certificate.

Q. How will people know that we recognise the importance of looking after our volunteers?

A. Once you have committed to the 6 Point Promise you will be able to use the logo on all your promotional material, letterhead, etc.

 

If your organisation’s volunteer management needs a bit of help to reach the standards of the Valuing Volunteer Management 6 Point Promise, you may like to book onto one of our training days. We can also offer 1:1 guidance and a range of template documents e.g. Volunteering Policy, Role Descriptions, Problem Solving policy etc. Please be in contact with your local Centre if you require more information.