Blind Veterans UK Sheffield centre awarded Investors in Volunteers Standard

3 February 2015 15:37

The Sheffield centre of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women, was awarded the Investors in Volunteers Standard plaque.

Blind Veterans UK currently benefits from the support of 405 volunteers in a wide variety of roles and locations across the country.  Volunteering roles at the Sheffield centre range from helping with lounge and craft activities, outings, and IT support to fundraising.

The Investors in Volunteers award officially recognises the quality of Blind Veterans UK's volunteer management and involvement, and its effectiveness in working with volunteers. The achievement also demonstrates the centre's commitment to good practice, helping to attract and motivate volunteers and enhancing their experience.

Blind Veterans UK met the nine indicators required to receive the Investors in Volunteers Standard, which are based on four areas of volunteer management: planning for volunteer involvement; recruiting volunteers; selecting and matching volunteers; and supporting and retaining volunteers.

Andrew Swartz volunteers at Blind Veterans UK's Sheffield centre. He said: "I really enjoy my time volunteering with Blind Veterans UK.  I learn something new every day. The veterans have amazing stories to tell, recently I learnt all about the history of Convoy 17 and Slapton Sands."

Joanna Tann, Volunteering Development Officer at Blind Veterans UK's Sheffield Centre, said: "We've worked really hard to ensure that we continue to meet the high standards that are required by Investors in Volunteers and we're so pleased that Blind Veterans UK Sheffield centre has been recognised.

"Volunteers are highly valued at the Blind Veterans UK's Sheffield centre, not just by staff but also by the vision impaired ex-Service men and women we support. The veterans tell us time and again about the difference the volunteers make to them personally, whether that's supporting them on an outing, in using a computer or craft activities or just having a chat over a drink in the evening."

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) is the national organisation for vision impaired ex-service men and women, and believes that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone. The charity provides blind and vision impaired ex-service men and women with lifelong support including welfare support, rehabilitation, training, residential and respite care.

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers.   Investing in Volunteers aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by volunteers.  Investing in Volunteers is managed by the UK Volunteering Forum and delivered by NCVO, Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Development Agency in Northern Ireland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

If you are interested in volunteering for Blind Veterans UK and to find out about the current roles available, please visit