Benefits of APS

What are the benefits of achieving APS?

  • Provides a health check of your project and helps you to evaluate your policies and procedures
  • Enhances your credibility with funders by supporting safe, effective and professional practice
  • Increases public confidence in your project
  • Encourages more mentors/befrienders and service users to engage with your project
  • Supports a quality mentoring and befriending experience for all participants
  • Raises your profile through entry in the our directory of mentoring and befriending projects and use of the APS logo
  • Facilitates continuous improvement of your project

Find out more about what’s involved in applying for APS

What do people say about APS?

Achievers tell us that APS has supported them to:

  • Design and deliver their programme effectively
  • Evidence the impact of their programme
  • Access funding for their programme
  • Gain skills and knowledge from undertaking APS

'I am absolutely thrilled that BulliesOut has achieved such a prestigious standard. I am delighted by the comments in the report and can assure you that any recommendations will be taken on board.'

  • Linda James, BulliesOut

'APS has helped us create a benchmark for how we deliver our mentoring ensuring that our service beneficiaries remain the focus of the work we deliver. It has helped to shape the way we train and support our mentors. APS has also helped us with overall monitoring and evaluation. This has helped us secure funding as we are able to clearly demonstrate the positive impact our mentoring has had on our service beneficiaries.’

  • Jordan Ignatius, Reaching Higher

'The process of obtaining the standard and improving and adapting our procedures has been very valuable. We have had APS since 2008 so we have been working to the standard for a long time.’

  • Sean de Podesta, Brighton and Hove Impetus

'We applied for APS to gain recognition with funders, volunteers and service users for our Befriending service. Also key was to take the opportunity to review, improve and develop our processes to make sure that we were working optimally towards providing the best possible Befriending we can.'

  • Jennie Linnett, Link Age Southwark
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