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Newtown charity receives performance mark

Created on 03/04/2019 @ 12:12

Newtown-based charity A Voice for You has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion.

The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy; an essential service for people who need support to express their needs and have increased choice and control in their lives.

"To gain the QPM, independent advocacy providers have to undergo a rigorous self-assessment process and policy review. This is followed by a structured site visit for NDTi assessors to meet advocates and the people they support," said Angela Bennett, co-ordinator of A Voice for You.

Gail Petty, QPM Manager and Lead for Advocacy and Rights at NDTi said: “The Advocacy Quality Performance Mark is only awarded to advocacy organisations who can demonstrate that they are providing excellent services to people often experiencing challenging situations in their lives.

"It indicates that they have the training and policies in place to ensure people’s rights are upheld and their preferences are heard and responded to.”

Carl Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of the Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations, seen above presenting the award to Chair of Trustees Fiona Williams, commented: “We are delighted that A Voice for You is among our members.

"The organisation provides essential and important advocacy services for those that live with learning difficulties. The quality mark is a clear indication of the trustworthiness and reliability of A Voice for You's service.”

Fiona Williams, Chair of A Voice for You trustees added: “We were delighted to have been awarded this Quality Performance Mark again – it’s testimony to the excellent work our advocates do and the difference they make in the lives of some of the most vulnerable residents in Montgomeryshire”

If you are interested in joining the charity's team of volunteer advocates contact 01686 629951.