Foundation Achieve Landmark Accreditation!
Sheffield United Community Foundation is proud to announce that it has become the first football club Trust in the country to be assessed and accredited with the matrix Standard quality assurance kite-mark.
The matrix Standard is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance on learning and work. It promotes the delivery of high quality information, advice and/or guidance by ensuring organisations review, evaluate and develop their service; encourage the take up of professionally recognised qualifications and the continuous professional development of their staff.
The Community Foundation was required to provide evidence that it reached high standards in four elements:
Leadership and Management
Continuous Quality Improvement
The matrix Standard has a practical application in that it allows the Foundation to access funding to continue to develop the educational strand. However, this “kite-mark” also reflects on the strong underlying principles that enable the Community Foundation to fulfil its obligations within the 4 key elements, whilst making a difference to the communities and people it engages with.
Mark Todd, the Head of the Foundation spoke of the new and exciting partnership: “The Foundation is delighted to have achieved 'the matrix Standard' accreditation. It recognises the high quality service the Foundation provides, as well as extremely effective information, advice and guidance delivered throughout Sheffield to our local communities. It is a proud moment for us and to be the very first football club trust in the country to achieve the award, it is truly humbling.” This is another significant step in the Foundation's progression and fits perfectly into our approach to capture the 'Hearts and Minds' of people in Sheffield.
John P G Smith, the matrix Practitioner who assessed the Foundation and granted the accreditation, added his comments:
“From a professional point of view, I was impressed with the strong leadership and management in the Foundation, that engenders a strong and supportive team spirit and a deep commitment on the part of all staff to the values and ethos of the Foundation, and to the people of Sheffield. The team uses a wide range of imaginative and practical ways to engage with and support individuals and communities, working with key agencies in the city and beyond to ensure the work it does is relevant, that it ‘joins up’ with other initiatives, makes best use of resources, and most importantly, that it helps people to improve their lives in so many ways.
On a personal level, I really enjoyed meeting the whole team, who made my job a very pleasant and rewarding experience through their open, friendly, and constantly smiling demeanour; it was a pleasure to work with the Foundation, and I'm delighted that they met the requirements of the matrix Standard. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved on their achievement.”