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The Third Age Trust receives an Investing in Volunteers accreditation

Published : 24 January 2024 Views: 1403

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The Third Age Trust is delighted to announce it has received the Investing in Volunteers accreditation. 

Within the Third Age Trust, there are nearly 400 Trust Volunteers. Roles include helping on the advice line, assisting u3a interest groups as a Subject Adviser, working on the u3a website project Siteworks and running the u3a management system Beacon.

This accreditation is the result of months of work by staff and Trust Volunteers. Part of the process involved interviewing Volunteers and staff members, to gain an understanding of the volunteer experience at the Third Age Trust. 

Susannah Hodge, Training and Regional Support Manager at the Trust, says, "I am delighted that the dedication of Trust Volunteers, Trustees and staff has been recognised by achieving this accreditation. Trust Volunteers are vital to the Trust and this is the continuation of our journey in ensuring that they are well supported, valued and have a positive volunteering experience. We will continue to build on this accreditation this year."

The report identified that many Volunteers valued their ability to make an impact. An anonymous Volunteer quoted in the report says, "Volunteering for the Trust really embodies what the movement is all about, what the founders meant it to be. That kind of self-help, doing things for each other, and ourselves. It’s great to be a part of that."

Elsewhere in the report, Trust Volunteers spoke about the benefit of being able to connect with each other. A member quoted in the report says, "Getting together with other Volunteers is one of the highlights. It’s wonderful to hear what others are doing. Such fertile ground for getting and sharing ideas.”

Thank you to the Trust Volunteers who contribute so much to the u3a movement. This accreditation is just one part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring Trust Volunteers are well-supported.

Read more about what this accreditation means on the Investing in Volunteers website.

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