OSARCC were delighted to have been shortlisted for the Management of Volunteers award, at this year's OCVA Awards and even more delighted when we discovered we'd won!
OSARCC strives hard to offer the best possible experience for volunteers, offering 60 hours of initial training as well as ongoing support, supervision, training and development and we believe this recognition demonstrates both our excellent practice in both how volunteers are involved in the delivery of services and also the type of support that volunteers receive.
Being awarded the ‘Management of Volunteers’ award by OCVA is a great honour and pays tribute to our large team of volunteers who are the beating heart of our organisation. With just two staff members our services would simply not exist without these incredible women who give their time, dedication and passion to support survivors of sexual violence.
We work hard to support our volunteers and provide free of charge training, supervision and ongoing development. They are involved in every aspect of our work: supporting survivors, raising awareness, distributing publicity, helping with administration tasks, delivering training and helping fundraise. This award comes at an important time for us when we are seeking funding to secure the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator, a role which is critical to the training, support and organisation of our volunteers. We hope the award will demonstrate the value of having such a post in place.
Whilst we have been given this award as an organisation, the real winners are each individual volunteer who enable us to deliver a much-needed service to support survivors of sexual violence in Oxfordshire.