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We value our volunteers

We are delighted in to annouce that SMART have  been awarded the Investors in Volunteers (IIV) accreditation. Our work with volunteers was measured against a rigorous set of national standards. The IIV assessor stated:

“The commitment to volunteering, and recognition that volunteers are essential to delivering the vision, mission and values of SMART was powerfully communicated”.

The IIV award demonstrates our commitment to volunteers and and how much they are valued. Acheiving this accreditation was only possible due to the hard work and commitment of our staff, particularly to those who were involved in the accreditation process.

Jon Perry, SMART CEO says:

“I worked as a volunteer counsellor and group worker in recovery services for many years and volunteers are essential in enabling SMART to deliver successful and sustained outcomes for our service users. [Our volunteers’] time, skills and personalities are integral to SMARTs achievements. I continue to be amazed and inspired by [their] dedication and generosity, and I would like to say a personal thank you to each and every one.”

Our volunteers play a vital role in each service and SMART want to say thanks to you all for giving us your time and talents.

accreditation2 Find out more about volunteering at SMART here.

 


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