I sat down a couple of weeks ago at my desk before the doors to Carnegie Community Corner opened and as I checked my emails and to my absolute delight saw that we’d been awarded the Investor in Volunteers standard and it’s been pretty difficult not to spill the beans on this one believe me.
At Back on the Map, we employ 19 members of staff. Each and every one of our team does an excellent job in making sure we remain mission driven and focused on what is important, that is making Hendon a place of opportunity to live, work and thrive.
That said for Back on the Map, our volunteers are the essence to everything we do without who we’d be unable to deliver essential services to the many people in Hendon. They give their time freely to man the front line, provide our weekly social programme allowing our staff team to reach those most in crisis and expand the work we do.
Many of our volunteers are local people, empowered to be part of lasting social and economic change in their community. Being resident led is the golden thread to our whole organisation. Having local people at the heart of our services, supporting the running of the Charity from our resident majority charity Board to our Volunteer Committee, is truly a BotM up approach to urban renewal. Our volunteers dedication, enthusiasm and passion for Hendon, and the potential the area and its people have are infectious.
Our Investors in volunteers assessor said that there was a recurring theme in all of the interviews he conducted with local people, staff and volunteers. That was that coming in to Back on the Map felt like a warm hug. A place where people are cared about and their is positivity about what the next peron through the door will bring to the community.
Back on the Map isn’t just part of the community it is the community. Rooted here, accountable and responsive to local people because it is the people who make BotM what it is.
The Investor in Volunteers award demonstrates the whole organisation’s commitment to encouraging, supporting and growing volunteers. They are the key ingredient to our success. The hard work and dedication of each and every one of them has made Back on the Map the organisation it is today from our Trustees to our East Rangers – each play their part in making Hendon a better place and stronger community.
We put people at the heart of what we do, support people well, do good things and the award is testament to what we’ve believed in since the early days of BotM. We wouldn’t be Back on the Map without our volunteers.
Until next time,