Ambition Quality

Ambition Quality

Ambitious youth organisations want to develop and improve, with quality standards a vital part of their work. Choosing the right approach is key to your organisation's future. It is about knowing you are doing a good job, improving your performance and ensuring you can demonstrate quality in a competitive sector.

Ambition not only wants to drive up standards for individual youth clubs and organisations but across the whole youth sector. 

Ambition Quality is unique as it has been specifically designed by the voluntary youth sector to support organisations of all sizes. 

Our quality standard, endorsed by The Charity Commission, is accessible, flexible, tailored to individual need and affordable. It is essential for any youth club, project or youth infrastructure organisation and comes with a support package of resources, dedicated staff and training.

“We commend the Ambition Quality+ system as one of the ways in which charities can demonstrate probity, good governance and accountability. We only endorse quality systems that meet our challenging benchmark for comprehensive, robust and objective assessments of how charities are run.” 

Paula Sussex, Chief Executive of The Charity Commission


First Steps

The basic standards required by any youth club or community project to demonstrate safe, equitable and legal practice. This framework provides minimum operating standards for working with young people. All applicants must provide witness testimonies in order to achieve First Steps. 

First Steps must be achieved by all organisations applying for Ambition Giving. An organisation must either be in membership of a member or have agreement that their application will be endorsed by a member if it is applying for First Steps. 

Ambition Quality

This is aimed specifically at youth clubs, projects and sports clubs who can achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Ambition Quality+

Designed specifically for youth infrastructure organisations. This award sets two standards;

  • Excellent practice for membership organisations
  • Excellent practice in supporting other youth organisations

81% of participants felt more engaged at school

1,000 young people, staff and volunteers took part in our training

11k youth clubs and community projects in England

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