York Blind and Partially Sighted Society Approved Provider Standard

York Blind and Partially Sighted Society are celebrating after their home visiting service was recently reaccredited with Approved Provider Standard (APS) in recognition of the excellent work of the home visiting service.

The Approved Provider Standard (APS) is the national quality standard designed specifically for mentoring and befriending projects. APS is managed and delivered by NCVO and aims to support safe and effective practice in mentoring and befriending. Organisations that achieve the standard have been assessed and found to exemplify good practice in the management and operation of the service including their commitment to safe working practices, identifying clients’ needs and managing volunteers 

Catherine Bamford, Volunteer Manager who runs the Home Visiting Service stated ‘We have a dedicated team of over 35 volunteers who enable people to enjoy their independence again in their own home with support and friendship. The volunteers do the little things that really matter; reading out a letter, writing out a birthday card and visiting a nearby cafe. Our volunteers make a massive difference to someone living with sight loss. One of our clients has said that their volunteer cuts the loneliness out of his life. To me this sums up the whole service’.

For more information about our home visiting service or to find out how to become a volunteer visitor please contact Catherine on volunteermanager@ybpss.org or 01904 731122. More information on York Blind and Partially Sighted Society can be found at www.ybpss.org

Further information about APS can be found on https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/quality-and-standards#aps.

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