Family Lives, London and South East awarded Valuing Volunteer Management Award 2013

Hatfield based parent support charity Family Lives has won the Valuing Volunteer Management Award for the second time.

The award, granted by the Volunteer Centres Hertfordshire and awarded by the Viscountess Trechard, High Sherriff of Hertfordshire, was established to champion organisations which demonstrate quality in their volunteer management.

Sue Beaumont, Family Lives Service Manager said:

“Volunteering is the backbone of Family Lives and is a great way for mums, dads and adult carers from all backgrounds to support families throughout Hertfordshire and the South East. We are indebted to our volunteers as they really do enable us to provide a first class 24 hour Helpline and face to face service to families in the community.  Parenting doesn't come with instructions and all our volunteers play a key role in enabling and empowering parents to find solutions to their own particular family problems.  What makes this award so special is that nominations can only be made by volunteers. As a team covering London and South East we work extremely hard to ensure that the volunteer’s journey in Family Lives is a rewarding and motivational one of continued support, enhancing our volunteers’ skill sets and meeting their individual needs. Our volunteers in turn deliver an excellent and professional service to our end users - one that we are all extremely proud of.”

As well as working with individual parents and families, Family Lives also works in collaboration with other agencies to support provide professional support. Hertfordshire County Council has commissioned Family Lives to provide group and individual supervision for Parent Support Advisors, Children Centre managers and Extended Services Coordinators working for the council.  

Anyone interested in volunteering or finding out more about the support Family Lives provides can call the Family Lives London & South East Team on 01707 630101or email parentsupport@familylives.org.uk

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For interviews and media enquiries, please contact: Simon Walsh, Family Lives Press & PR Manager via email press@familylives.org.uk  

Notes to editors:

Family Lives Hertfordshire is now known as: Family Lives, London and South East

To be eligible for the award organisations must demonstrate a basic level of good practice as demonstrated by achieving the Hertfordshire Valuing Volunteer Management 6 Point Promise.  Family Lives obtained the 6 point promise by demonstrating  skills & expertise in the following areas:

  • Planning for volunteer involvement
  • Recruitment
  • Induction
  • Support & Safety
  • Training & Personal Development
  • Involving, rewarding and recognising volunteers

Family Lives is a national charity that works for, and with, parents.  We encourage parents to see that asking for help is a sign of strength, and work with them to offer practical solutions and suggestions to manage their particular situations and difficulties. We deliver this support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services - shaped by parents for parents. 

Family Lives services include:

  • A free online support service www.familylives.org.uk 
  • A free and confidential 24-hour parent support line on 0808 800 2222