Ambition Quality is an externally-validated award which enables youth organisations to develop and improve. It is suitable for organisations of all sizes – from one-night-a-week youth clubs to larger charities and community organisations.  Participants’ progress through 3 award levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold, each measured against 10 quality areas:

  • Focus on young people
  • Outcomes and impact for young people
  • Safeguarding
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Staff and volunteers 
  • Premises, resources and health & safety
  • Administration
  • Leadership, management and governance
  • Partnerships
  • New ideas and improvements

NE Youth has considerable experience of supporting a range of different organisations through the process, and affiliated members are able to access the pack and have their work assessed at a reduced rate, thanks to our partnership with Ambition.

What our members say about Ambition Quality:

‘It is my belief that gaining AQ contributed to our successful Lottery Reaching Communities bid, since then we have had further success with new funders…I would happily recommend it (AQ) to anyone in the youth and community work field’.

‘Taking part in the Ambition Bronze Award program has really helped us to feel confident that our policies and procedures are robust. It has also highlighted areas where we can improve our delivery. Support, advice and guidance from NE Youth has been there every step of the way.’

‘I would like to thank Gemma and the team at NE Youth for all the professional support we received when undertaking the Ambition Quality Mark. None of this would have been made possible which NE Youth staff teams’ commitment to supporting projects working towards good practice for young people’

Denton    Isabella
Denton Youth and Community Project  

Isabella Community Centre