ANGUS Carers’ Centre is celebrating achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award.
This award recognised the value that the centre puts in its 80 volunteers who support the centre in a wide variety of ways. The quality standard was designed by Volunteer Centre Dundee to acknowledge organisations which demonstrate good practice when involving volunteers.
The presentation was made by Morag McKenzie, manager of public services, Volunteer Centre Angus, to John Winterton, treasurer of Angus Carers’ Centre at the carers’ centre’s volunteer Christmas lunch at Seaton Estate Country Club on Thursday when over 30 volunteers celebrated their achievement.
The roles that volunteers with Angus Carers’ Centre undertake vary from befriending/sitting for the ‘Carefree’ project to transporting young carers from all over Angus to activities that support them in their caring role.
When evaluated, the Carefree project was highly valued for the volunteer, the carer and the cared for. One volunteer stated: “The service gives us great satisfaction knowing that we are able to give the carer a break. I personally enjoy my weekly visits.”
Often volunteers are former carers or those who are looking to move into training or employment. They say that they gain satisfaction and valuable experience through their work with the centre.
One volunteer said: “Volunteering is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”