A Sutton Coldfield based mentoring scheme has once again been recognised for its high-quality delivery of mentoring services with an Approved Provider Standard award.
The Our Place Mentoring Scheme delivers one to one and group mentoring for children and adults across Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding areas has received the Approved Provider Standard award for a second time.
The Nationally recognised quality award from the NVCO endorses safe and effective practice, focussing on mentoring practice, operational management and co-ordination, support, care and development of staff and volunteers. The NVCO has high expectations of projects who apply for this award and ensure that the latest legal and regulatory guidelines are adhered to – with a particular focus this year on the new GDPR legislation and Safeguarding.
The Assessor from NCVO reported, “…Our Place Mentoring Scheme evidences being a well-organised, innovative, and professional service addressing tangible needs in the local community in Birmingham.”
The scheme has supported 94 individuals over the last 12 months on a range of issues from family breakdown to self harm. The duration of support varies between individuals but can last up to 12 months where required. The demand on the Mentoring Service continues to grow as more individuals seek support for social, emotional and mental health challenges.
Kelly Round, CEO at Our Place said,
“We are extremely proud to receive the APS award once again. We are currently working within a changing and challenging environment where there is a high demand on our service but a reduction in funding available from schools and charitable organisations. This award demonstrates that despite our challenges our service quality remains high.”
With a team of 6 staff and 17 volunteers Our Place are committed to supporting as many people as possible in making positive changes to their lives. If you are interested in supporting this award-winning Mentoring Scheme, would like to make a referral or get involved as a school contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.