IR receives royal recognition for volunteer development

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LONDON: Islamic Relief was awarded The Princess Royal Training Award 2018, in recognition of its work with volunteers.

Abdulla Almamun, Islamic Relief’s National Volunteer Coordinator, received the award from HRH Princess Anne at a ceremony in St James’s Palace today. The prestigious awards honour UK employers for their outstanding training and development programmes, which have directly resulted in measurable success.

Islamic Relief UK, in partnership with the Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD), created a volunteer engagement strategy with a high level of input from the volunteers themselves. This included up-skilling volunteers and investing in them, in order to create a pool of loyal team coordinators and future leaders. The results have had a tremendous impact:  been widespread: fundsraised by trained volunteers during Ramadan 2018 were three times greater than the direct costs of the leadership programme.

Commenting on the awards, Islamic Relief National Volunteer Coordinator, Abdulla Almamun said: “We are delighted to have received this recognition as volunteers are the lifeblood of this organisation, helping us to raise significant amounts of money. We have invested heavily in their skills’ development in order to enhance our recruitment and retention of volunteers. We are already looking to build on this success and expand the work to other volunteer teams worldwide.”

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, which delivers the awards, added: ‘In an ever-changing world, it continues to be critical for Britain’s businesses to invest in training to boost their productivity, address skills gaps and further develop their teams. We are delighted that Islamic Relief is among a diverse group of organisations achieving the Princess Royal Training Award standard in 2018. I congratulate them, and all of the organisations who presented examples of their innovative, inspiring and impactful training. They are truly worthy recipients of this rigorously assessed royal award and it is fitting that their achievements have been rewarded.’