SCVS Awarded PQASSO Level 1 Quality Mark SCVS Trustees and staff are delighted to have been awarded the PQASSO Level 1 Quality Mark, following an external assessment earlier in the year. The award follows an earlier in house self assessment and action planning process using the 11 PQASSO quality indicators. The self assessment process highlighted a number of areas for improvement which SCVS implemented and embedded across the organisation during 2017. All staff and the Board were involved in implementing PQASSO, and as a consequence have an understanding of what quality within a 3rd sector organisation looks like. What is the PQASSO Quality Mark? The PQASSO Quality Mark is the externally assessed accreditation award for PQASSO users which demonstrates achievement of the PQASSO standards. This nationally recognised award offers both users and funders/commissioners external verification of the quality and credibility of an organisation. It remains the only sectoral quality mark that covers the work of charities and other organisations: no other accreditation addresses all the essential areas necessary for the effective management and governance of a charity or other third sector organisation. PQASSO self-assessment and accreditation are widely recognised as providing a comprehensive framework for running an effective organisation. A PQASSO-accredited organisation is guaranteed to be fit for purpose in all areas essential to commissioners. SCVS Director, Amanda Carr said – “In our case, the Board understood and supported the PQASSO process and were prepared to dedicate resource to enable a full audit against the standards, as well as time to implement changes where the need was identified. We’re committed to continually improving as an organisation in order to provide the highest levels of service to the sector, and as 2018 is our 21st Birthday year, it is especially appropriate to achieve the award now to show that even long-established organisations have room to develop, grow and improve. Whether simply using the PQASSO Essentials tool kit, the PQASSO Standards themselves, and whether or not an organisation wants to gain accreditation, we would highly recommend the opportunity that PQASSO affords for reflection on whole organisation systems and practices.” For more information about PQASSO, click here.