Jan 22 2019

Investing in volunteers… it’s coming

In 2015 the Woodland Trust went through a strategic review and created a 10 year plan to steer the organisation until 2025. Part of this strategic plan was to create and update all volunteering documents, policies and procedures (Check the Library section of Whittle to see what we’ve been doing) to keep you safe and informed within your volunteering roles. 


The process of creating this new volunteering framework is almost finished. This framework of new and revised policies and procedures is based upon the national best practice standards of Investing in Volunteers, which as an organisation we hope to gain the recognition for. Our Investing in Volunteers accreditation is due to begin shortly.


A new volunteering framework will help the Woodland Trust provide even more value to it’s volunteers and ensure that the roles the volunteers engage in continue to support our strategy and management plans throughout the organisation.


Everyone will have the opportunity to feed into the assessment either in person and/or through a survey to all volunteers which will be sent out in early February. Please look out for this landing in your inbox and tell them your thoughts. It’s really important that we get a response from as many people as possible in order for the results to be valid.   


Our IIV accreditation starts in February and will run through to the end of March. Assessors will be visiting each of the Countries and regions and will be talking to staff and volunteers on selected dates. We ask that you please familiarise yourself with the documents related to your if you are selected. Together we can make a difference to volunteering at the Woodland Trust and getting this benchmark will show us where we are.




  • RoyWhitby

    Sounds good

    February 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm
  • KathGee

    I hope your future survey will encourage responses, be respectful & provide the answers that give you good results. I have just sent some survey guidelines to a national retail company, following my frustration at filling in their questionnaire (I would have aborted the procedure if I didn’t rely heavily on their product!)
    Here are 5 general guidelines you may wish to employ:
    1. Begin with straightforward WT-related questions to encourage participation
    2. Put personal Qs at the end of the survey – these can be off-putting at the beginning
    3. Ask for age in ‘year-groups’, e.g. 5 or 10 year bands, or simply ‘seniors’ for over 65s – this is less sensitive / more respectful
    4. I suspects many of your volunteers are ‘retired’ – so a question that asks ‘from what type of job’ [list a few broad categories] might benefit your survey results
    5. Introduce a design facility to ‘go back’ / review / alter earlier answers.
    I hope these are helpful pointers – Kath Gee

    February 7, 2019 at 3:10 pm
      • Brian Palmer

        The 2 most important things for me are that the results are published with actions and that these are seen to be completed

        I’ve done way too many surveys that seem to disappear into a black hole from which nothing ever comes out

        February 12, 2019 at 4:21 pm
  • JenniferHarkins

    How much policy document reading need we do. And why ?

    February 7, 2019 at 11:39 pm
      • Anna Claxton

        Hi Jennifer, look forward to seeing you on 14th Feb. Thank you so much again for taking part in the SE Assessment Day. Hope you’re well!

        February 11, 2019 at 2:55 pm
  • MaggieMcCallum

    Many volunteers will have been/will be involved in Investors in People in their working lives. I see it’s a reasonably similar procedure and much is standardised rather than being personalised. As I remember it can be quite hard work for the staff of the organisation to ensure all boxes are ticked! Good luck, though I know the prep will have been done to secure the outcome desired.

    Maggie, Glasgow

    February 11, 2019 at 5:25 pm
  • CathyHarvey

    Who are the surveys sent to? Most, but not all the volunteers are registered with you, but I seem to be the only one that has received a survey, surely it should be sent to all.

    February 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm
  • Bob Tomlinson

    I’ve so enjoyed my first year volunteering. The only thing missing for me has been the chance to meet others involved and those with more experience. The survey looks like a step in the right direction and I shall try to attend the Bolton gathering .

    March 5, 2019 at 6:06 pm

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