We try not to be too self-congratulatory here on the blog, but our parent organisation, South Derbyshire CVS, has just had confirmation that we have achieved the NAVCA Quality Award. The Volunteer Centre’s role in this achievement was very small, but we are very happy to bask in the reflected glory.
NAVCA(National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) describes itself as the national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England. This means that they are the national umbrella body for CVS and other organisations that support voluntary groups. Our accreditation means that we meet five Performance Standards, grouped into two areas:
Development, Support and Liaison
- The organisation pro-actively identifies needs in the local community and facilitates improvement in service provision to meet those needs.
- The organisation assists local voluntary and community organisations to function more effectively and deliver quality services to their users, members or constituents.
- The organisation facilitates effective communication or networking and collaboration amongst local voluntary and community groups.
Representation and Strategic Partnership work
- The organisation enables the diverse views of the local voluntary and community sector to be represented to external bodies, facilitating effective two way communication.
- The organisation enhances the voluntary and community sector’s role as an integral part of planning local services and policy making.
Each Performance Standard is presented with a set of required outputs and activities, and outcomes.