Issue 69 — November, 2010
The JCA is finally VISIBLE
The Jericho Community Association has been awarded a VISIBLE certificate by Community Matters, which is the National Association of Community Organizations. VISIBLE accreditation serves as a kind of kitemark to confirm the quality of the organization.
In making the award the assessor concluded that “The Jericho Community Association is a welcoming, impressive and community focussed charity. It has limited staffing resources but is led by a highly experienced and locally well established group of community members.”
One of the advantages of putting in all the work to prepare for this assessment is that it has encouraged the officers and management committee to think more clearly about the many responsibilities involved in running the Community Centre, including child protection, fire risks, and health and safety. The relevant documents on these and other issues are available at www.jerichocentre.org.uk.
With this accreditation, the Community Association is now in a stronger position to apply for funds for building a new community centre. Community Matters is, for example, one of the organizations that manages the government’s Communitybuilders fund.