Online tools to assess organisational strength

Two new online tools supported by the Big Lottery Fund are designed to give voluntary organisations the ability to improve their performance and sustainability.

Strength Checker

The VCSE Strength Checker, which will be available from 1st February, will

“produce a personalised report highlighting an organisation’s key strengths and areas to help them become more effective, including sustainability, marketing, strategy and planning, track record, quality and impact.”

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Growth in community shares to be supported by quality standard

The Community Shares Standard has been launched as a quality mark for community share offers that meet standards of good practice. The Community Shares Unit has also published new data which shows rapid growth in the number of communities who are pooling resources to buy and run local assets together.

The report ‘Inside the Market’ finds that the number of people putting money into community share schemes, becoming part owners of a local enterprise, has increased nearly 20-fold in the last five years. » Continue reading news item ... “Growth in community shares to be supported by quality standard”

New bilingual version of quality assurance standard

The first bilingual edition of a well-established quality standard written by the third sector, for the third sector, was launched at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay, on 10th June.

The PQASSO quality standard can help organisations to ‘do things better’, and the launch features presentations from speakers whose organisations have previously achieved the standard.

‘PQASSO has been written by the sector, for the sector and is a tried and tested approach to quality management and is flexible enough that it can be used by organisations of all sizes, and we are delighted that we now have a version which is available in Welsh for the first time and which reflects the bilingual context in which organisations work,’ said Caroline Cook, NCVO’s PQASSO Programme Manager. » Continue reading news item ... “New bilingual version of quality assurance standard”