Voluntary group recognised for quality of service

Anne Lyall, chief executive of Northumberland Community Voluntary Action.
Anne Lyall, chief executive of Northumberland Community Voluntary Action.

A countywide charity has been recognised for the third consecutive time for the work it undertakes with voluntary and community groups.

Northumberland Community Voluntary Action supports groups to operate safely and legally, and to find funding so that they can continue to provide much-needed services within their own local communities.

Now the team at Northumberland CVA is celebrating achieving its third National Quality Award in a row.

Anne Lyall, chief executive, 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.”

This award comes at the same time as Northumberland CVA received notification that Northumberland County Council has recommissioned its services to deliver support to voluntary and community groups.

A spokesman for the council said: “Northumberland CVA has performed well against the council’s monitoring criteria, making significant progress to a countywide service.

“NCVA have also gathered momentum around the Northumberland VCS Assembly, increasing membership and putting in place elected governance structures. As a result, we are proposing to extend the contract for another two years.”

If you are a voluntary or community group and require any support on governance, funding or training, contact Northumberland CVA on 01607 858688 or visit www.northumberlandcva.org.uk