Investing in Volunteers Quality Mark

In October 2010, Bikur Cholim became the first Jewish organisation to achieve the Investing In Volunteers Quality Mark.  The award is the UK quality standard for organisations which involve volunteers in their work and enables organisations to comprehensively review their volunteer management and publicly demonstrates their commitment to volunteering.

Beryl Jeffreys, Assessor for Investing in Volunteers carried out the review.  She spent a full day on site interviewing volunteers and discussing their experiences.   The assessment also included a review of the organisation’s volunteer policy, role descriptions and supervision notes.

Mrs T Berger, Volunteer Coordinator at Bikur Cholim described the award as “a tribute to the unsung heroes who are at the frontlines, delivering services in a way which makes us proud.  Volunteering has always been at the heart of Bikur Cholim and our volunteers are not always aware of the value of their work.   A conservative estimate puts the value of our volunteer time at £87,420 in this past year”.

I’m absolutely thrilled for you and congratulations!  I think it’s very well deserved and personally I’ve been always very impressed by the community spirit and the commitment of people within the community to give “something” back to people who from one reason or another need support.  Very impressive and well done again. 

Ilona Sarulakis, Interim Head of Assessment & Care Management, Hackney Service Centre

Many congratulations on Bikur Cholim achieving the Investors in Volunteers Quality Mark. Please also convey my congratulations to all the volunteers who worked so hard with you to enable this excellent outcome.

Mun Thong Phung,Director of Adult, Culture and Community Services,Haringey Council