Award joy for Northumberland volunteers’ charity

Anne Lyall, chief executive of Northumberland Community Voluntary Action.

Anne Lyall, chief executive of Northumberland Community Voluntary Action.

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An Ashington-based charity has been given the thumbs-up for the quality of the work it undertakes with voluntary and community groups all over Northumberland.

Northumberland Community Voluntary Action has been given a National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) quality award in a row for the third time on the trot following an audit and moderation by an assessor.

Anne Lyall, chief executive of the Station Road-based charity, formerly known as Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Service, said: “Our achievement of the NAVCA quality award for the third time is a welcome recognition of our hard work in expanding the delivery of our core services to work with voluntary and community groups across the whole of Northumberland over the last two years.

“The award is a rigorous examination of the delivery of local infrastructure services.”

“It demands excellence across all four performance standards, covering the 17 outcomes required for initial certification as well as the five areas of baseline activity.”

The award comes at the same time as the organisation, founded in 1987, has been re-commissioned by Northumberland County Council to deliver support to voluntary and community groups throughout the county.

A spokesperson for the authority said, “Northumberland Community Voluntary Action has performed well against the council’s monitoring criteria, making significant progress to a county-wide service. As a result, we are proposing to extend the contract for another two years.”