Voluntary body lands top award

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AN organisation that represents all of Edinburgh’s voluntary bodies has won a prestigious excellence award.

The Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC) was named winner of the Committed to Excellence prize at the recent Scottish Awards for Business Excellence.

Staff and volunteers won the gong for “maintaining a consistently high level of best practice quality procedures within the scope of its business excellence strategy”.

Gordon Castell, business manager at EVOC, said: “This award has been won thanks to the sterling effort shown by all staff and volunteers. They enrich the lives of others and much of what they do often goes unheralded. This award gives them recognition of just how important a role they play amongst the people they help.”

Dave Bradley, chief executive of charity Quality Scotland said: “EVOC stands out as a prime example of how a commitment to sustaining business excellence can bring about transformational change to a voluntary organisation in relation to its staff development and best practice programmes.”