First six NAVCA quality awards
The first six NAVCA members have gained the rigorous new NAVCA Quality Award. Based on a set of five outcome-focused Performance Standards, achievement of the NAVCA Quality Award gives an authoritative endorsement for the effectiveness of these local infrastructure organisations. The awards were presented at the NAVCA Annual General Meeting on 20 September 2006.
The NAVCA Quality Award covers the delivery of services to the local voluntary and community sector. To achieve the Award, local infrastructure organisations have to demonstrate the quality and impact of their services, through a rigorous process that includes an external audit and interviews with service users and funders.
The first six organisations to gain the NAVCA Quality Award are:
- Barnet Voluntary Service Council
- Harrogate & Area Council for Voluntary Service
- Merton Voluntary Service Council
- 2D (Teesdale & Wear Valley CVS)
- Voluntary Action West Kent
- Voluntary Action Westminster
The Quality Award Certificates were presented by Helen Hughes, National Advisor, Voluntary and Community Sector at the Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA).
Kevin Curley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, says "We are delighted to announce the first six organisations to obtain the new NAVCA Quality Award. They have demonstrated that they deliver high quality infrastructure services to their local voluntary and community sector. More members have already begun working towards the Award, underlining their commitment to making a difference for local people. We are also pleased that several local authorities have signalled their interest in supporting this initiative and in some cases have offered funding to local infrastructure organisations to take part."