Oasis Care Support Services are one of the latest in a long line of charities to be awarded the coveted Quality For Health standard, which demonstrates the delivery of high quality services to local people. To celebrate this fantastic achievement, the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Gwen Lowe visited Oasis Care Support Services to hear about the service and to present staff and board members with their Quality For Health award.
Quality For Health is a quality assurance system for organisations delivering health and wellbeing services in a marketplace that is increasingly reliant on providers being able to evidence the delivery of high quality outcomes.
Annette Armstrong-Sam, Business/Care manager at Oasis said:
“Quality for Health is a fantastic framework which has helped our organisation to develop safe and robust systems that will ensure the safety and wellbeing of our service users.”
In Kirklees, local voluntary organisations are funded to undertake the Quality For Health award by local statutory bodies that include the Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and, more recently, Kirklees Council.
Penny Woodhead, Chief Quality and Nursing Officer, Greater Huddersfield CCG said:
“As a local Clinical Commissioning Group, we are always looking at new and innovative ways to ensure people have access to the best health and wellbeing services in the area. The Quality For Health standard gives a level of confidence to GPs who may want to refer or signpost a patient that the voluntary and community organisation, like Oasis Care Support Services, is delivering high quality services.”
Cllr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health, Kirklees Council said:
“Kirklees Council recognises the important role the voluntary and community sector plays in supporting people to live healthy and well lives. Commissioning Quality For Health demonstrates our commitment to the development of the sector, supporting it to focus on what matters most to people and communities.”
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We are delighted to announce that P3 have successfully completed Quality For Health award and achieved the highest level of the quality assurance system.
P3, which stands for People Potential Possibilities, are a Derbyshire based charity and social enterprise. The organisation runs a variety of services all across the UK, that aim to give everyone the chance to be part of the community they live in and feel connected to society.
Jane Bellamy, Service Manager from P3 said:
“The P3 BeWell Service is delighted to hear that we have been awarded the Level 2 Quality for Health Standard. Receiving this accreditation only confirms the work and dedication that goes into supporting our clients. Our service promotes mental health wellbeing across Derbyshire, reducing social isolation and ensuring that everybody feels part of their community. The passion and enthusiasm that we know our team of staff have for their roles and their clients is only further demonstrated by receiving this award. Thank you to our team of wellbeing workers who devote themselves to their clients support and to our clients who continue to trust in our service.”
P3 completed Level 2 with the help and support of Quality For Health delivery partner Erewash Voluntary Action.
Stella Scott, CEO of Erewash Voluntary Action said:
“I am delighted that more and more organisations are now accredited via Quality For Health, and a huge congratulations to P3 BeWell Service.
Quality assurance is more important than ever to be able to evidence consistent, quality results and avoiding problems when delivering services for the public.
The Quality For Health award gives organisations assurance that their processes are robust and added confidence to partners and service users about the quality of the service being delivered.”
More information about P3 can be found on their website www.p3charity.org
The Basement Recovery Project in Kirklees has successfully completed Quality For Health and have gained a Level 2 award. The Basement Recovery Project is an independent self-help, not for profit, charitable organisation, based in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, Kirklees and also Halifax, Calderdale. They offer support and inspiration to those people who are involved with alcohol and/or substance misuse.
Larry Eve, Service Manager at The Basement Recovery Project said:
“The Basement Recovery Project is thrilled to receive the Quality For Health award. As an organisation working with some of the most vulnerable in our society, we strive to provide a service that is caring, personal and responsive. To undergo the quality evaluation made complete sense and we are now able to provide assurance to our service users, partners, referrers and commissioners that we can evidence the delivery of high-quality health and well-being outcomes. The Quality For Health award has helped our organisation reassess and evaluate all our current policies and procedures applying equality tools throughout the entire process.
The award has also reassured us that we have always had the service users’s interests, experience, outcomes and empowerment at the heart of all we do and strive to achieve.”
Larry was presented with the organisation’s Quality For Health certificate by Head of Quality, Engagement and Enterprise at VAC, Jo Bolland who said:
“Congratulations to the Basement Recovery Project Kirklees for achieving Quality For Health Level 2. It’s fantastic to see another organisation in Huddersfield being recognised for their commitment to delivering high quality services to the local community.”
Quality For Health is so excited to announce that another organisation has passed Quality For Health and have received their award. Communication Unlimited signed up for Quality For Health via one of our delivery partners, Erewash Voluntary Action and, with their support and their own hard work and dedication, successfully completed Level 1 of the quality mark.
Communication Unlimited is a charity based in Derby, providing Sign Language interpreting services across Derbyshire, predominately within the Health services, supporting Deaf people who attend their medical appointments and empowering them to make their own informed decisions in their own language. The organisation have provided over 11,000 hours of interpreting provision in 2017-2018 and supported over 500 people.
Talking about Quality For Health, Rachell Bastikar, Chair of Communication Unlimited said:
“Communication Unlimited were delighted to hear that we have been awarded the Quality for Health quality mark as it is a testament for all our staff hard work within Communication Unlimited. We knew that we were good at what we do but couldn’t find another quality mark that matched our organisation and the work we did until this came along.
Now we can prove that we are excellent at what we do on paper. With thanks to Erewash Voluntary Action for their support and encouragement throughout the process.”
Tamsin Woodhead, Co-ordinator of Quality For Health said:
“We are really pleased to be awarding Communication Unlimited with their Quality For Health award in recognition of the quality services they provide. Their hard work will see them joining the increasing number of organisations holding the award countrywide”
Earlier this month, we were pleased to award another organisation with their Quality For Health award and certificate. YMCA Derbyshire is one of the oldest YMCA’s in the world having been established in 1847.
As our most recent award holder, the Quality for Health award links directly to YMCA Derbyshire’s key work of supporting young homeless people within the 17 to 30 age range. The organisation has an 87 bed Campus hostel and a further 65 units of community based ‘move on’ shared accommodation.
As a Foyer*, YMCA Derbyshire’s aim is to provide a safe and enriching environment where individual, vulnerable young people can be supported to reach their potential by:
- Developing their self confidence
- Improving their health and wellbeing
- Opening them up to new positive experiences
- Sign posting then to appropriate specialist support agencies
- Developing their independent living skills
- Offering a range of volunteering and work experience opportunities
- Enabling them to play a positive role within the local community
Kate Gillespie, Head of Accommodation and Support Services at YMCA Derbyshire said:
‘The Quality For Health award endorses the work that we do to improve the health and wellbeing of young people experiencing homelessness. The framework allowed us to better evidence what we do and to reflect and learn from our practice. We are now better placed to work directly with health services.’
Tamsin Woodhead, Quality For Health Coordinator at VAC – Improving Local Lives said:
‘A massive congratulations to YMCA Derbyshire for completing Quality For Health and gaining the highest level of the award. It is so fantastic to see the Quality For Health award being achieved by more and more organisations across the U.K.’
More information about YMCA Derbyshire can be found on their website https://ymcaderbyshire.org.uk/
*A Foyer provides a safe place for young people to live, learn and make the transition to independent adulthood.
Earlier this month, Memory Lane Cafe was presented with their Quality For Health award after successfully completing Foundation Level. Memory Lane Cafe is run by June and Chris Harvey and supported by a team of volunteers. The group was set up to support those living with dementia, other forms of memory loss or isolation in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax and the surrounding areas. Their cafes are open to all and currently held in Sowerby Bridge on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month and in Halifax on the 1st & 3rd at the Maurice Jagger Centre.
Paul Mansley, Chair of Memory Lane Cafe said:
“It’s great to have an objective assessment of what we do and the benefits that we bring to our members.”
Dipika Kaushal, CEO of VAC who presented the team with the award, said:
“Seeing more and more organisations demonstrating the quality of their services through Quality For Health is fantastic. Well done to the team at Memory Lane Cafe – this award is thoroughly deserved and the importance of your services to the community is clear to see.”
To find out more about Memory Lane Cafe, please visit their website http://memorylane.yolasite.com/ or call 07920 549131.
We are delighted to announce that the Kirklees and Calderdale Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (KRASACC) have recently been awarded Level 2 of Quality For Health. To achieve Level 2, organisations must demonstrate a high level of impact and innovation in the delivery of person centred services.
KRASACC is a small registered charity that provides specialist therapy, advocacy and support for survivors of sexual or domestic violence and abuse living in Kirklees and Calderdale. Running for nearly 30 years, the centre works with young people and adults over the age of 13.
There are 3 aspects to the service provided to support survivors of abuse emotionally and practically:
- A Helpline which provides a support services via the phone, offering a listening ear, arranging referrals for other KRASACC services and signposting to relevant support
- An Independent Sexual Advisory Service (ISVA) to support survivors of abuse who are considering reporting, or who have already reported the abuse, to the police.
- A specialised Sexual Violence Counselling service with a team of counsellors with over 10 years experience of specialist counselling around abuse issues.
Heather Cooper, Chief Executive of KRASACC, said:
“KCRASACC are delighted to have successfully completed the award. It’s great to have the work you do endorsed by a quality standard such as Quality For Health.”
Tamsin Woodhead, Quality For Health Coordinator at VAC, said:
“Obtaining Level 2 of Quality For Health is not an easy feat. It takes a lot of time and dedication but above all, a committed organisation and staff team to achieve it. A big well done to KRASACC for all their hard work during this process – very well deserved.”
The KRASACC Helpline is 01484 450040
To find out more about KRASSAC, please call the office on 01484 540730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org