Disability group wins plaudits

AN ORGANISATION providing services for people with disabilities in the south-east has received a four-year accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

The approval for the Brothers of Charity Services South East comes after a review process lasting eight months that saw CQL personnel examine the group’s operations in Waterford, Kilkenny and Tipperary, where it has 600 full-and part-time staff and a growing number of volunteers.

The review by US-based CQL focused on how the charity works to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities through person-directed solutions.

Chief executive of the Brothers of Charity Services South East, Johanna Cooney, yesterday said: “We place a lot of importance on hearing directly from the people who use our services about what is important in their lives and to responding to identified ambitions and requirements.

“The CQL accreditation backs up what we do with personal outcome measures and person-centred planning. Everyone on the team across the organisation should be very proud of the work they do each day and the milestone of achieving this accreditation gives us a chance to reflect on the terrific contribution they make.

“It also helps reassure those who use our services and their families as well as our funders and other stakeholders that we are committed to quality assurance and continuous improvement.”

President and chief executive of CQL, Dr James Gardner, added: “CQL commends Brothers of Charity Services South East for its success in increasing the quality of life for the people it supports.”

A limited company with an independent board of directors, Brothers of Charity Services South East serves 400 adults and children who have an intellectual disability while more than 600 others received multidisciplinary supports in 2010.

Based in Maryland, CQL is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the definition, measurement and improvement of personal and community quality of life for people with disabilities.

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