NCVO to take on Mentoring and Befriending Foundation services

Sustainable future and greater reach for training and accreditation

Trustees of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF) and the board of NCVO have today announced that MBF’s core services are to be transferred to NCVO.

MBF helps organisations to increase the effectiveness and quality of their mentoring and befriending services. MBF has worked hard to build up its core services in recent years, but last year its trustees decided to pursue a collaborative approach in order to ensure the sustainability of their services. They approached NCVO as a potential partner and the organisations have come to an agreement to secure the future of these important services.

The services to be transferred include the Approved Provider Standard for mentoring and befriending projects; the National Training Programme of short courses designed to help organisations develop good practice in mentoring and befriending; MBF resources; and relevant website content.

With most mentoring and befriending work undertaken by volunteers, NCVO believes that a mentoring and befriending specialism will enhance and strengthen the volunteering aspect of its work. In addition, the transfer will create opportunities to develop key aspects of MBF’s core service provision.

Staff whose job roles involve the delivery of MBF core services will be transferred into the employment of NCVO in accordance with TUPE regulations. The transfer of services is expected to take place on 31 March 2015. MBF will remain in existence for a short time in order to close down remaining activities and any reserves will be donated to NCVO.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

’We are very pleased to make sure that MBF’s services can continue into the future. Their accreditation scheme will complement our own highly regarded quality standards work, and further strengthen our offer to the sector. This transfer will preserve and develop the core services of MBF as a valuable resource for the voluntary sector.’

Steve Matthews, chief executive of MBF, said:

‘We are delighted that NCVO has agreed to take on the Approved Provider Standard, our highly rated National Training Programme of short courses, resources and website and to provide a secure future for them. Mentoring and befriending continue to be key areas for volunteering and NCVO will be able to ensure that these services become more sustainable and reach more organisations.’

Notes

MBF staff will join NCVO’s volunteering and development department. Under an arrangement between NCVO and GMCVO, the newly transferred staff will work from space in the GMCVO office, meaning they can continue to work in Manchester, where MBF is based.

NCVO is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England. With over 11,000 members, NCVO works to champion, connect and support voluntary organisations and volunteering.

MBF helps organisations to increase the effectiveness and quality of their mentoring and befriending services through training and resources, providing a national quality standard for projects, promoting good practice, evidence building, and working in partnership to encourage the take-up of mentoring and befriending.

For more information please contact:

  • Helen Raftery at NCVO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7520 2424
  • Steve Matthews at MBF, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07814 039 738.
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