The Welcome Centre awarded for quality services to local people
The Welcome Centre are one of the latest in a long line of charities to be awarded Level 1 of the coveted Quality For Health standard, which demonstrates the delivery of high quality services to local people.
The Welcome Centre is one of the largest food banks in the north of England. Last year they gave out enough food for 199,548 meals. They also provide guidance and support to help people address underlying issues which prevent them getting back on their feet. The Welcome Centre is an independent, local charity which relies on volunteers and donations. To find out more contact 01484 515086 www.thewelcomecentre.org
Ellie Coteau, The Welcome Centre Manager said “We’re incredibly proud of the work we do at The Welcome Centre, and we’re delighted to receive recognition for our efforts by achieving a Quality for Health Award. Going through the Quality for Health process was really useful for us, and has given us the confidence to move forward knowing our work is underpinned by high quality policies, and procedures, reflective of our organisational ethos.”
To celebrate this fantastic achievement, the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Gwen Lowe presented Ellie and The Welcome Centre team with their award.
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 The Welcome Centre, are delivering high quality services.”
Cllr Musarrat Khan, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“It is a council priority that we support people to stay healthy for as long as possible. There is very strong partnership approach to this work and we know the important role played by the voluntary and community sector. Commissioning Quality For Health demonstrates our commitment to the development of the sector so that, together, we have the best possible impact on our local communities.”
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