North Lanarkshire Befriending project beneficiaries, nominated for VOSCAR awards

Our North Lanarkshire Befriending project has made the shortlist for the Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire VOSCAR awards. The VOSCARs are the voluntary sector equivalent of the Hollywood Oscars (!) and our North Lanarkshire befrienders have been nominated for the ‘volunteer-engaging organisation’ category.

The VOSCAR award ceremony will take place on Tuesday 1st November at Motherwell Concert Hall. 13 awards will be given to reward deserving volunteers, volunteer-involving agencies, third sector organisations, social enterprises and other partners and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to supporting communities and the voluntary sector in North Lanarkshire.

The ‘volunteer-engaging organisation’ award is for a group or organisation that deserves special recognition for their efforts to engage and work effectively with volunteers, has volunteering at the heart of its ethos, and has shown good practice in involving volunteers.

All nominated individuals and organisations will receive a recognition certificate from North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Partnership Group, and the winners will receive a specially-engraved Oscars-style trophy.

Arlaine Barbour, Volunteer Manager for North Lanarkshire Befrienders, said: “I’m delighted that our project has been nominated for the volunteer engagement category. We have many years of experience in managing volunteers and endeavour to always go the extra mile in ensuring that they are properly supported, so that they can be the best volunteers they can be for the young people who benefit from our work.

This nomination, together with the Volunteer Friendly Award we won earlier this year, demonstrates that we take volunteer management seriously. We look forward to continuing to support our volunteers to be the best they can be.”