Get started with validating your awards | vinspired

Get started with validating your awards

For organisations that already offer voluntary roles, becoming an awards provider is a brilliant way to recognise their volunteers, as well as helping them into employment.

The awards give volunteers recognition from a credible source. Plus they give our network of awards providers the chance to shout about the contribution they make to young volunteers!

Whether you’re a new awards provider or just want a refresher on how validation works, watch the screencast for an overview of the process. Step-by-step instructions can be found beneath the video.

See also: Guidelines for validators article for info on timescales, ordering certificates etc.


To approve an award:

Go to your dashboard

Click 'Awards' in the navigation

You will land on 'submitted applications'. This shows you any new applications for your organisation

There are also tabs for 'in progress' and 'awarded'

To view an application click 'view application'

You can get in touch with the applicant using their email address on the page if you need further information to review their application.

First review the answers submitted by the applicant

You can leave notes to yourself if you need to close and return to an application. These will not be seen buy the applicant.

Scroll further to see the applicant's volunteering experience.

Review the opportunity by clicking on the opportunity title
Review their hours logged and notes/images left by clicking on the evidence section.

Once you are happy scroll up and click grant award

Select how you will let the applicant know. Either by email or in person (ie. at an awards ceremony)

Enter the certificate number as found on your paper certificates

Click grant award

You will now be able to see the award in the 'awarded' section

Please note: vInspired's central validation team regularly spot check validations from its network of award providers to maintain quality and best practice.