BAVO first in Wales to achieve prestigious quality award

Date published: 16/03/2017

BAVO has become the first county voluntary council in Wales to achieve the edition 4 PQASSO quality mark People holding certificatefunded by the Big Lottery Fund. This prestigious award endorsed by the Charity Commission, signals that an organisation has been externally assessed and achieved a recognised level of quality for running an effective organisation.

Andrew Owen, Head of Funding at the Big Lottery Fund in Wales, said: “It’s great to hear that Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations has become the first organisation in Wales to achieve the PQASSO Quality Mark for the 4th edition of PQASSO.”

“It means that the community of Bridgend will be able to benefit from a high standard of good governance and organisational effectiveness of the organisation and it’s thanks to National Lottery players that this has been made possible.”

It is increasingly important for voluntary organisations in Wales to demonstrate their performance, effectiveness and impact to funders, commissioners and users. BAVO is set up to develop and promote voluntary and community action throughout the county borough. Their aim is to provide support, guidance, practical assistance and information to local voluntary organisations and community groups to develop skills, services and activities, ensuring they are represented across a wide range of issues locally, regionally and nationally.

BAVO staff holding certificateBAVO’s Chief Executive Officer, Heidi Bennett said: “BAVO staff always work really hard to ensure they deliver the highest standards of service to our members and the wider voluntary sector.  We are grateful to have received the support of Wales Council for Voluntary Action and National Council for Voluntary Organisations through this Big Lottery funded ‘PQASSO in Wales’ project. 

“We are also delighted that BAVO has a PQASSO Mentor, who will be able to promote the standard and provide a local service to assist local groups with their quality journey.”

For further information on how BAVO can help community and voluntary groups in Bridgend County Borough, call 01656 810400 or E:


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