Visual impairment charity receives quality award from Volunteering Kirklees

A charity providing peer support to help visually impaired people make the most of technology such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home to enhance their daily lives has received a quality award.

Kirklees Visual Impairment Network (KVIN) has been recognised with a Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award for its good practice in volunteering.

Award panel members were particularly impressed with KVIN’s “clear and concise volunteer documentation” and its “inclusive approach to recruiting, training and supporting volunteers.”

They also agreed the charity “would make an excellent mentor to other third sector organisations” and commented that they “would like to share your [KVIN] good practice with other organisations.”

Moin Valli, vice chairman at KVIN and managing director of Valli Opticians, said: “All the volunteers involved with KVIN are committed to delivering the very best experience to everyone that uses the charity’s services, and we are delighted to be able to make a difference to those who live with sight loss every day by improving the way they use technology to support their daily routines.To receive this award in recognition of the high standards of peer support KVIN provides to visually impaired people across Kirklees is a fantastic achievement.”

Sam, who volunteers at KVIN’s weekly Dewsbury drop-in was interviewed by the award panel.

She commented: “It is fantastic that KVIN has been presented with the Volunteer Quality Award. As a volunteer I have found KVIN to be incredibly inclusive not only in terms of enabling me to volunteer regardless of my visual impairment, but also allowing me to fit my volunteering around other volunteering and family commitments.”

Claire Drake, Volunteer Co-ordinator at KVIN, added: “We have worked hard to make sure that our policies and processes are set up to be able to support our team of volunteers well. We have a brilliant team of volunteers who contribute so much to the charity and are glad that the collective hard work of the team has been recognised.”

KVIN is a user-led organisation that providing drop-in sessions throughout Kirklees for people with visual impairments. The charity’s aim is to enhance the lives of visually impaired people through promoting the benefits of peer support and the use of technology to aid independence.

Claire, Sam and Aisha were formerly presented with the award alongside KVIN service users by Becky Bracey from Volunteering Kirklees, during the Dewsbury drop in session on Thursday 27th February.

Visual impairment charity receives quality award from Kirklees Volunteering