2016 has been a year of change, and this is reflected in our work here at Quarriers.
In a challenging social care landscape, we are continuing to adapt, evolve and even grow. And above all, we continue to provide high quality services for the people we support.
Our focus remains on providing high quality personalised support which is based on each individual’s needs. We believe that people we support should shape the services they receive, and we pride ourselves on responding flexibly to meet their needs. Every day at Quarriers, I see fantastic examples of this in action, and you can read some of them throughout the annual review.
Participation is at the heart of what we do, and this year, we launched the new iFive Participation Strategy. iFive makes it easier for our services to embed participation in every aspect of their work, and for people we support to easily see the progress they have made.
This past year has seen us expand significantly in the north east of Scotland with the opening of Arrows, Quarriers’ first dedicated addiction support service, in Elgin, and the launch of our support services for carers of all ages in Aberdeenshire. These new services are rising to meet the challenges of supporting a wide range of people spread across large geographical areas, and you can read more about their fantastic work in this review.
February 2016 marked the first anniversary of our WAR on Hate Crime: We’re All Responsible campaign. In its first year, the campaign steering group has worked with Police Scotland to help raise awareness of disability hate crime, a distressing and sadly common problem. People we support also worked in collaboration with H-Arts to create a powerful drama based on their real life experiences of hate crime, which they performed at a special anniversary event at The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre.
This year, Quarriers has won awards for marketing and fundraising, and has been shortlisted for a wide range of prestigious awards in categories ranging from specialist care to innovation. Our services also continue to receive high quality ratings, with 95% of our services maintaining ‘good’ or ‘very good’ ratings at inspections.
In September this year, we held a conference for people we support titled Reaching Your True Potential: Today and Beyond, and this perfectly encapsulated what we do at Quarriers. Every moment of the day was dedicated to supporting people to take part in meaningful activities, find things that interest them, and to simply enjoy themselves. And that’s true of what we do at every one of our services, from Moray to Wiltshire. The dedication and passion of our staff makes me very proud indeed and shows just how much Quarriers cares about making a difference.
Quarriers Chief Executive Officer