Award for those who are volunteer friendly

Winners of Volunteer Centre Dacorum's Lees Award 2013. Lyn Keates and Giles Clarke from Dacorum Communities For Learning.
Winners of Volunteer Centre Dacorum's Lees Award 2013. Lyn Keates and Giles Clarke from Dacorum Communities For Learning.

A good cause that provides training for adults from within community centres has been presented The Lees Award for excellence in volunteer management.

The accolade is given each year by Volunteer Centre Dacorum and sees volunteers themselves nominate the organisations that they have helped out.

To be eligible for the award groups must be signed up to the centre’s Six Point Promise – a set of guidelines on how to best look after volunteers.

The award was presented at the centre’s annual meeting on Friday by president Betty Lees.

Dacorum Mencap were announced as the runners up, while the winners were those behind Dacorum Communities for Learning, a charity that offers training in employability skills covering things like food safety and safeguarding adults, computing and technology sessions and language and creative art courses.

Project manager Lyn Keates said: “I’m very, very shocked. We didn’t expect to get this at all.

“We started very small and we have now got a board of trustees.

“We have had a number of people get into paid work this year and we have trained a lot of our volunteers to become tutors. Thank you to all the volunteers.”