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Bromley charity wins national award

PUBLISHED: 10:48 19 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:48 19 November 2014

Cystic Fibrosis Trust award winners

Cystic Fibrosis Trust award winners

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The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has won an award for volunteer management

Bromley based national charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, has received an award for best practice in volunteer management.

The ‘Investing in Volunteers’ accreditation award is a UK quality standard and is given to organisations which show they can achieve a good standard in recruitment, support and on-going development of volunteers.

The charity currently has over 470 volunteers spread across the UK and plans to expand its current volunteer base in order to support more people with cystic fibrosis as well as their families.

James Atkins, volunteer and development manager from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust said the award was an important recognition of the work the charity does.

He said: “Gaining the Investing In Volunteers (IIV) award is a testament to all the hard work carried out by our volunteers, and the staff that help support them. Using the IIV standard as a guide, we have developed a range of new opportunities in press, campaigning, befriending and administrative roles.

“We now have grown our volunteer numbers to over 470. Our plans will be to have more volunteer opportunities in order to further engage with those in the cystic fibrosis community.”

Grace Paget, from New Eltham, joined the media volunteer team in July.

She said: “Volunteering for the Trust has been an extremely rewarding experience for me over the past four months. I am having a year out after completing my A Levels and volunteering is allowing me to gain experience as well as helping me to decide my career path. I hope to continue for some time. The standards of volunteer management are clearly reflected in the achievement of this award and I am excited about volunteering at the Trust and the doors it might open.”

The charity provides support to those who have cystic fibrosis, and their families. It is a life-shortening genetic condition, which causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.

To find out more about volunteering for the trust visit: http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer.

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