We are proud of what we have achieved and here are a few examples of when we have been recognised for the quality of our services.




Sova shortlisted for the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2015

Sova Support Link ASD has been shortlisted for "Breakthrough of the Year" project.  Find out more here





Sova shortlisted twice for Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2015

Sova Support Link has been shortlisted in two categories for Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards - Specialist Services and Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System. See more here





Sova shortlisted for Charity Times Award 2015

Sova has been shortlisted for the Community Award which recognises an individual or sector organisation that empowers communities and promotes social action by encouraging people to be more involved in their communities, to volunteer and, give money. See more here.




Sova's Lincolnshire Offender Mentoring project highlighted as best practice

Sova’s Lincolnshire Offender Mentoring project was held up as an example of best practice at the Probation Institute Centre of Excellence conference in Lincoln in January. See more here.


WCVA Wales Volunteer of the Year Award

Raymond John, a Swansea mentor who supports a young person with learning difficulties has been Highly Commended at the WCVA Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards.





Sova Camden Volunteer Mentor shortlisted for the Team London Mentoring & Coaching 2014.

Sova volunteer Victoria was one of just five volunteers feted in an award ceremony at the Mayor of London’s office last month. Victoria was among the runners up for the Team London Mentoring and Coaching Award and received acknowledgment and a certificate of recognition for providing quality mentoring through the Sova Camden Young People’s Mentoring Service (CYPMP). See more here.




Sova achieves Matrix quality standard

Sova is delighted to have achieved the Matrix quality standard for information, advice and guidance services! The achievement of this award is a real reflection on the hard work and professionalism of our volunteer and staff teams.




Support for disadvantaged children in Sheffield has led to a Sova volunteer being described as a Point of Light by the Prime Minister.

Chris Savage, who lives in Sheffield, was last week presented with a letter from David Cameron by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Peter Rippon. See more here.




‘Promising’ Award for Herts Mentoring

Sova Hertfordshire Probation Mentoring Project has been awarded the 6 Point Promise award from Hertfordshire Volunteer Centre, Dacorum. The 6 Point Promise is a demonstration from a volunteer involving organisation that they value the contribution of their volunteers. See more here


Staff member wins SaferPeterborough Partnership Award for Excellence

Emily Wheeler, Sova Project Manager at The One Service, wins award of excellence. SaferPeterborough is a community safety partnership made up of local organisations who work together to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Peterborough. See more here



Sova Shortlisted for Prestigious Charity Award

Sova's use of mentors in the Criminal Justice System recognised as exceptional practice in the Third Sector. Sova is  delighted to have been shortlisted for the Advice Support and Advocacy category – one of only thee organisations to receive this honour.




Sova has been allocated MBF Approved Provider Status at ‘workstream level’ with the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.  

This is a phenomenal achievement for our organisation, and once again proves how Sova can be relied upon to provide meaningful, high quality volunteering experiences.


Sova has achieved the PQASSO quality mark Level One

Sova is delighted to achieve PQASSO (Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations) quality Mark at level One. We will be working towards the achievement of Level Two by 2016.




Sova Herts Mentoring Project wins High Sheriff Award

The High Sheriff’s Beat Crime Awards judging panel recognised the success of the project in reducing reoffending, but it was the work of the peer mentors that really stood out for them.  The Award citation said: “Although we admired the quality of work undertaken by the volunteers for the offenders, we were even more impressed by what some of the volunteers have achieved in themselves. The training they receive and the experience they gain have often been very significant in improving their own life chances and employment prospects.” See more here.