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Catalyst awarded “Investing in Volunteers” accreditation

IiV colourCatalyst Gateway’s volunteer programme has been awarded the ‘Investing in Volunteers’ accreditation from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

In the past year, Catalyst Gateway has recruited and trained 71 volunteers for initiatives and programmes across many of Catalyst’s neighbourhoods in London and the South East. So far, the feedback from our volunteers has been very positive, with 90% of our volunteers saying they would ‘highly recommend’ volunteering for Catalyst.

Using the HACT methodology especially developed to measure social value, Catalyst estimates that the value of the volunteer work done in the past 12 months equates to approximately £91,000.

The “IiV” mark adds credibility to Catalyst’s volunteer programmes and is just reward for the hard work that the teams at Gateway. It will also allow Catalyst to work with other organisations to use Corporate Social Responsibility days on Gateway way initiatives.

Catalyst Gateway runs a variety of different services that depend on volunteers, from homework clubs and youth mentoring programmes to digital inclusion work with Catalyst’s elderly residents. Volunteers also help out at one-off events, like the litter picking drives at Havelock or the summer party in Church End.