Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove gets the national stamp of approval!

Posted on 3rd October 2012 by

VC logo(480x128)The Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove has recently achieved Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation, or VCQA, for providing high quality volunteering support services across Brighton & Hove.

Awarded by the national professional body for volunteering, Volunteering England, VCQA is a quality framework for Volunteer Centres. The framework looks specifically at the six main areas of volunteering support services and how a Centre delivers them in its local area. These areas are:

  • Linking up volunteers with organisations and groups which need them
  • Developing more volunteering opportunities
  • Raising awareness of volunteering
  • Campaigning on volunteering related issues
  • Ensuring volunteers have a good experience of volunteering
  • The strategic development of volunteering across the City

Achieving VCQA means that the Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove joins the national network of Volunteer Centres who can fly the Volunteer Centre branding with confidence.

Alison Marino, Project Leader of the Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove, says of this news;

“Achieving this accreditation is brilliant news for the City and a real testament to the expertise and skills brought to the Volunteer Centre by our volunteers, staff and numerous colleagues from other voluntary and community sector groups who have worked with us over the last few years. The Centre team care a great deal about trying to deliver the best service for volunteering in the City and having this accreditation gives us confidence that we are on the right track.”

The accreditation comes just in time for Volunteers’ Week, which is celebrated across the first week of June. It is also good timing for the City, where a major restructuring of volunteering support services is currently underway under the Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme. The Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove is one of the main partners in this work alongside the Trust for Developing Communities, Brighton & Hove Impetus, the Community & Voluntary Sector Forum, South East Wellbeing Consortium and Skills Exchange.

Having a quality endorsed Volunteer Centre adds real strength to this partnership. Drawing upon its experience of more traditional volunteering support as well as building on its innovative approaches, the Centre can bring a wealth of knowledge to the table in developing future volunteering support services that meet the needs of residents and groups in the City.

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