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Mentoring and Befriending are you meeting standards?

11 December 2014

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd has been working with the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation to promote good practice in mentoring and befriending and in particular we have local assessors who can assess organisations in N Ireland against the Approved Provider Standard (APS).

What is APS? 
APS is the national quality standard, delivered by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, specifically designed for mentoring and befriending projects.  It has recently been revised and comprises of 10 requirements across four key areas supporting safe and effective practice in mentoring and befriending. APS focuses on the key management and operational areas that underpin the effectiveness of any mentoring or befriending project, providing an excellent framework within which you can develop new projects and/or review your existing project.

APS is increasingly being recognised by commissioners and funders when considering applications to fund mentoring and befriending projects. Projects are also telling us that APS is a key way to differentiate their service in terms of quality, safety and effectiveness.

Volunteer Now had just recently been re- awarded the standard and is keen to share our experience with others who run befriending and/or mentoring projects.  Why not come along to hear more about the standard and the accreditation process on 4th March 2015 at 10.15am at the Stroke Association, Rushmere House, 46 Cadogan Park, Belfast.  Also if you involve volunteers in befriending, Volunteer Now has leadership for a befriending network which provides support and networking opportunities to a range of organisations that run befriending programmes. The network is meeting that morning so you are welcome to stay on for their meeting! To let us know you are coming, please contact Ian Cardwell on 028 9081 8333 or ian.cardwell@volunteernow.co.uk.

How to sign up for accreditation?
Once you have made your mind up booking your accreditation is easy! Check your eligibility and the pricing bands that will apply to your application then just sign up today online. The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation will be in touch to support you and when you are ready for assessment someone from Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd may well be assigned to visit you! If you have any further questions please contact the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation on 03300 882877 or info@mandbf.org.

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