The Volunteering quality mark is a certificate awarded to organisations that show their volunteering programmes provide the best experience possible for volunteers. In addition, it benchmarks the quality of your volunteer management and involvement, proves and improves the effectiveness of your work with volunteers and enhances your organisation’s reputation.
It is valid for two years, after which an organisation needs to apply again.

Why should my organisation apply?
The quality mark is recognised by the Bradford District Local Strategic Partnership and the Volunteer Centres and shows that your organisation manages a volunteering programme where volunteers receive a high quality, positive volunteering experience. The Volunteer Centres in Bradford and Keighley promote this quality mark, helping volunteers to make informed choices about which organisation to apply to. It is based on the principles in the Bradford District Compact and the Bradford District Good Practice Statement on Volunteering.

Who will be the awarding body
The Volunteer Centres will be the main awarding body and will meet with members of the volunteer managers networks in Bradford and Keighley to judge applications.

How much does the Quality Mark cost?
The quality mark is awarded free to community organisations.

How is the Quality Mark recognised?
On successful completion of the quality mark award you will receive a quality mark certificate and your account on the national online volunteer recruitment portal,, will have a “verified by
the Volunteer Centre” logo.

Links to other Quality Standards
Organisations with Investors in Volunteers status will automatically get the quality mark on application. If you have PQASSO level 2 (externally accredited) then the evidence for this award can be found under the indicator areas noted. You would still need to add a brief narrative referencing work with volunteers.

Holders of the Quality Mark in Bradford
The following groups have already successfully applied for, and completed their quality mark. Find out about any roles currently being advertised.

Abbeyfield the Dales Age UK Bradford Museums and Galleries

Cancer Research Centrepoint Champion House

Dans’s Den Get Out More CIC Horton Housing

Luv2meetu HFT Yorkshire MESMAC Refugee Action

Scholemoor Beacon Sharing Voices

St Oswald’s West End Centre Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Gateway Centre The Bridge Project

The Anchor Project New Horizons – Royds Care in the Community

Bradford Council Youth Offending Team

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