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Mentoring and befriending services secure new home at NCVO

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF) have confirmed that the transfer of MBF’s core services to NCVO has taken place.

Following a consultation in accordance with TUPE regulations, three members of MBF staff have transferred to NCVO’s volunteering and development department and are now working from GMCVO’s offices in Manchester. MBF will close when a number of its other projects have been completed. Any remaining reserves will be donated to NCVO.

Services which have been transferred to NCVO 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
  • relevant website content.

NCVO believes that a mentoring and befriending specialism will enhance and strengthen the volunteering aspect of its work. MBF’s accreditation scheme will sit alongside NCVO’s existing accreditation and quality standards services (Investing in Volunteers, Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation, and PQASSO), and will further strengthen the support it offers to members and the sector.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘I am glad to announce that NCVO is able to provide a home for MBF’s core services. The transfer has ensured that support for mentoring and befriending organisations can continue into the future and that we can develop the valuable work that MBF has done for the voluntary sector. By taking on the delivery of these services NCVO is able to provide more support to our members so they can make an even bigger difference.’

Steve Matthews, chief executive of MBF, said:

‘This transfer ensures MBF’s core services will continue to be available to organisations in the sector and also creates the opportunity for further development and expansion of MBF’s previous work.’


NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. We connect, represent and support voluntary organisations. 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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