Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) has recently achieved the PQASSO Quality Mark award recognising the excellent work it does as a third sector organisation in England.
“We are extremely delighted to have achieved this award as it demonstrates the high quality service we aim to provide at SAVS. The assessment was pretty tough and very thorough as the assessor looked into everything we do. They found we were particularly strong at leadership, management and involving the people who use our services,” says Alison Semmence, CEO of SAVS.
PQASSO is part of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), and is the only UK quality standard designed to help third sector organisations operate more effectively and efficiently. SAVS was assessed against the 11 standards of effective practice in PQASSO, including in governance, leadership and management, managing staff and volunteers and managing money, and proved to meet all standards.
SAVS is an independent charity known as a council for voluntary service or CVS. That means it works behind the scenes to help local charities and community groups achieve their full potential.
They do this by:
• supporting them with training, advice and practical help
• helping them raise money and spend wisely
• keeping them informed about changes in the charity sector
• bringing them together to exchange ideas
• representing their views to local government, funding bodies and others.
Nadeem Razvi, PQASSO Program Manager, NCVO said “We are delighted for the trustees, staff and volunteers of SAVS that they have achieved the PQASSO Quality Mark. We know that organisations using PQASSO benefit by having better governance, better systems and procedures and better quality of services for their users and it is great that the community of PQASSO users in England is growing”.