The Slough Quality Protects programme has been developed by the Voluntary Sector to help organisations demonstrate the quality of their work in a coherent and consistent way. It is designed to help local community and voluntary organisations to think about and clarify their principles and values and to be able to show this in their day to day operations. The award is targeted at organisations who have decided that they want to demonstrate the high standard of their work and to prepare for a formal national quality standard.
The aim is to provide a progressive programme to work through that evidences the quality of their work to users, staff, volunteeers, funders, sponsors, statutory organisations and influencial bodies. Working through this process encourages the management committee to clarify principles and values and link them with day to day operations ensuring continuous improvement. Indirectly it provides a useful checklist of basic requirements that will assist new organisations to get into good habits.
There are four levels of award:
BRONZE – the foundation
level that emphasises the development of basic policies and administration
procedures, encouraging the management committee to think about planning,
review and communication with users.
Benefits of achieving the SQP
Achieving the SQP award will demonstrate to clients, funders, partners agencies and regulating bodies that your organisation:
- Has thoughtful and involved
leadership with policies which actively guide the organisation
Once groups achieve the Award they will be given a logo to use and the award will be valid for a two year period. Groups will need to go through a reassessment process at the end of this two year period.
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