PDSA awarded volunteering standard

Veterinary charity PDSA has become the first UK-wide organisation to be awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality standard.

The charity – which is supported by about 5,000 volunteers – received the accreditation from Volunteering England. The award signifies PDSA’s commitment to a high standard of volunteer management policies and practices.

The charity’s volunteers are involved in a range activities, including raising funds in PDSA shops, providing administrative support in offices and assisting veterinary staff in the charity’s PetAid hospitals. According to PDSA, volunteers save it £8.5m in employment costs every year.

Sonet Geyer, marketing and operations manager for the Investing in Volunteers programme at Volunteering England, said: “PDSA is truly deserving of the award and I hope it will further its volunteers sense of pride in the charity and the good work it does treating sick and injured pets.”

Janet Compton, head of volunteering at PDSA, said: “PDSA volunteers do a fantastic job in helping the charity – achieving the Investing in Volunteers standard is a great reward for all our volunteers' hard work and dedication, and also recognises their managers' hard work.”

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