Arty-Folks working towards Investing in Volunteers accreditation

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We have just started to work towards the quality standard Investing in Volunteers (IiV) that will improve the effectiveness of our work with volunteers and will assure them of our ability to provide an outstanding volunteer experience.

Over 300 people have volunteered their time for Arty-Folks since we started our first art group in April 1996. We are most grateful for their unpaid time, commitment, passion, and invaluable expertise that has helped Arty-Folks grow into a unique charity that provides an evidence-based approach to mental well-being through the visual arts.

Investing in Volunteers has been designed to be an effective and rigorous process to ensure a win-win: our volunteers receive the best possible management support and Arty-Folks receives maximum benefit from our volunteers’ involvement.

Today, volunteers serve on the Board of Trustees where strategic decisions are made, and advisers on the Operations Group assists our small staff team to realise our ambitious plans for the future. We are always looking for advisers with specific skills and expertise and if you are interested in volunteering with us please email your CV to

Peer Volunteers work alongside our staff team and undertake a huge range of tasks at art workshops such as meeting and greeting new service users, serving refreshments, assisting staff with the delivery of activities, supporting staff with the induction process of new service users and helping newcomers to relax and enjoy the process of being creative.

Arty-Folks Peer Volunteers who have grown through the service become role models to recovery as they inspire others by sharing their own journey and by being open about their experiences they instil hope for a better future.

At art workshops with service users Arty-Folks offers volunteering opportunities only to our own service users who have grown through the service and to Coventry University art students.

We offer placements to 2nd year Fine Art students at Coventry University with a wide range of creative skills and who wish to explore working in a community setting.  Art students can boost their employability and gain invaluable insight into how the visual arts can support people to rebuild their lives.  We only consider applications received through CUSU.

Eilish Lenihan, 2nd year Fine Art student at Coventry University, and a wonderful volunteer.

Arty-Folks Investors in Volunteering accreditation is funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation

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