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New awards to six VSA’s – Congratulations

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Congratulations to our Code of Good Practice signatories.

 

The recognition panel: Mark Cumming (Director Comhlámh), Derek O'Reilly (Carmichael Centre), Sandra Velthuis and Johnny O'Regan (consultants)

The recognition panel: Mark Cumming (Director Comhlámh), Derek O’Reilly (Carmichael Centre), Sandra Velthuis and Johnny O’Regan (consultants)

 

It is with great pleasure that Comhlamh announces that Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and Give Ireland have been awarded Core Indicator status. Tearfund Ireland, Hope Foundation, VMM (Volunteer Mission Movement) and Viatores Christi have been awarded Comprehensive Standard.

 

How does the awarding system work?

Once a year an independent panel meets to assess the progress of sending agencies that have signed up the Code of Good Practice. Every signed up organisation can progress to a Core Indicators Award or Comprehensive Compliance Award. These awards officially recognise those signatories that have fully attained the 18 core indicators (Core Indicator award) or 85% of all the 44 indicators (Comprehensive compliance award) outlined in a self-audit that they have to complete annually. Core indicators would be by example that VSAs collaborate with local partners on the program design, that they provide comprehensive preparation and training to volunteers or that they have safeguarding guidelines and procedures in place to protect children’s and vulnerable adults in the host communities. But these are just 3 out of 18 core indicators in total. To have a look at the complete self audit and all the relevant indicators check here.

 

We also want to emphasise how much we appreciate the time and effort of all 45 signatories to the Code of Good Practice. They put a huge amount of work into introducing appropriate policies and practices to ensure that they are operating according to identified best practice in the field of international volunteering, protecting host community and volunteers.



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