As part of a Big Lottery partnership bid with the local Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAPT project), CVA was able to offer one to one sessions and a bursary covering the cost of the quality mark to seven local groups. All groups have now submitted their application for a desk top review to the AQS and are preparing for the on site audit.

We are delighted that their efforts and hard work is resulting in the achievement of a quality mark, which we hope will enhance their profile as well as their ability to attract new contracts.

Read some feedback from those who take part....

"Firstly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Ima Miah for the continuous support of my AQS portfolio, for her PATIENCE, MOTIVATION, and IMMENSE KNOWLEDGE of the requirements of the AQS quality standard. Ima’s guidance helped me in all the difficult and sometimes frustrating times of gathering relevant information and completing the very complex AQS book. I could not have imagined having a better advisor for my AQS submission!!!" - Indra Okonji, Operations Manager  Drop in Zone.

"Disability Croydon  would not have completed the AQS award application  without the great help and guidance of CVA . The hands on approach of the CVA  staff member tasked with guiding us through the process  was  excellent  and her knowledge and expertise  first class .  Many thanks for all the help and our appreciation for making a difficult and complex project    ‘do-able’" - James Kelleher  CEO  - Disability Croydon. 

"CVA’s support has enabled me to complete the CAPT Project AQS  bursary support within an appropriate timescale. Ima’s dedicated support has enabled me to: design, monitor and review all my policies and procedures.  I am grateful for the support of CVA." - Margaret Aniemeka, Raising Great Aspirations. 

"We very much appreciate the AQS bursary support we received and in particular the input from Ima Miah at CVA. Ima went through the entire workbook with us suggesting ways we could shape our bid and our activities to meet the standard. She was knowledgeable and gave us the time we needed to work through the process. She is also helping us to prepare for the audit visit which is very useful." - Cara Scott, Human Resources Manager, Mind in Croydon.

"The support we have received from the team at CVA was very valuable from helping us to finalise our policies, understanding the process to checking workbooks. We hope be successful in gaining the standard, which will add our business credibility and help us to build our brand. We are very thankful for receiving the grant and support to make this happen for our organisation!" - Yuliana Topazly, Phase One Training.