Disability Positive has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).
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 say what matters to them and understand their rights.
To gain the QPM, we have had to undergo a thorough self-assessment process and review of our policies. Our advocates and people we support also met with the NDTi assessor to talk about their experiences.
Lynne Turnbull, Chief Executive of Disability Positive said:
“I am incredibly proud of our advocacy service and delighted that we have been awarded the QPM. We provide an outstanding service listening to and helping people say what matters to them and understand their rights, often in difficult situations. Disability Positive is committed to upholding the rights of people with lived experience of disability and long-term health conditions and so, the QPM is great recognition of the hard work of our team and a fantastic measure of the quality of our independent advocacy services.’
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.
Notes to editors
- We are Disability Positive. We provide services, opportunities, and a voice to people with lived experience of disability and long-term health conditions, and their families. We know it matters, because we have lived experience of disability and long-term health conditions too. Further information is available at www.disabilitypositive.org
- The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) is a not-for-profit social change organisation promoting inclusion and equality for people who risk exclusion and need support to lead a full life. It has a particular interest in issues around age, disability, mental health and children and young people. Further information is available online at www.ndti.org.uk
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