Posted: Tuesday 21st March 2017
On Wednesday 1st March CMS volunteers and staff joined Cllr Frances Button, the Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council to enjoy a reception and scavenger hunt around Welwyn Garden City Library. This was to mark the CMS being recognised for excellence in volunteer management by being accredited with the national Investing in Volunteers Award for the third time in succession.
Derrick Ashley, Executive Member responsible for Environment, Planning & Transport congratulated the CMS saying, “It’s great to see our Countryside Management Service recognised in this way for the work they do supporting communities to take part in their local environment.”
The Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Standard is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. CMS works with communities across Hertfordshire to help them care for and enjoy their environment. It is proud to be celebrating its 42nd year of working with the hundreds of volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure that our Rights of Way network is in great shape, parks and greenspaces are Green Flag Award winning and Hertfordshire’s Health Walks scheme is the largest in England.
Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries said: “The CMS has demonstrated their commitment to developing and working with volunteers to achieve best practise and this is a perfect opportunity to acknowledge the contribution volunteers make to our communities. Volunteers play a huge role in many different service areas at the county council and make a real difference across Hertfordshire.”
Along with two health walk leader conferences this was the third successful event held during February and March to mark this achievement.
To find out more about volunteering with CMS go to http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/cms or call 01992 588433.
Reception at Welwyn Garden City Library, cutting the cake staff,councillors and volunteers - From left to right: Bob Leader, Jean Potter, Cllr Derrick Ashley, Jo Sampson, Cllr Frances Button, Brian Burridge and Tony Bradford.