In 2017, several Quarriers adult disability services across Glasgow came together under the umbrella of SOLE: Supporting Outcomes and Life Experiences. The aim of SOLE was to create a real community and bring people together to shape the support they receive.
Inclusion is fundamental to all aspects of our work, and we are dedicated to listening and responding to the views of the people we support. Quarriers’ strategy outlines the vision and aims of the organisation as a whole, and it is vital that people we support feel that their needs are being met as we take steps towards achieving our ambitious strategic goals. SOLE therefore holds regular sessions where people we support, their families and staff can get together to offer feedback about our services and share creative ideas to help the people we support get more out of life. These sessions then inform development plans for each service, giving people we support a tangible measure of how their suggestions are being acted upon and what progress is being made.
People supported by SOLE are encouraged to be active in shaping all aspects of their support, from helping to recruit support staff through our inclusive recruitment process to finding activities which are meaningful to them. Through their suggestions, the service has established an annual fishing trip, plots at a local allotment and a walking group to help people get fit and socialise.
The service held the first SOLE Awards in December at The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre in December 2017. To celebrate their achievements and creativity, people we support were presented with awards including Most Courageous Person We Support, Helping Hand Award, Voice of Quarriers and Biggest Achiever. And these categories say it all: the people we support really are the voice of Quarriers, and by encouraging them to use this voice, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
“It’s wonderful to see all of the individual services coming together and listening to the thoughts and opinions of the people we support.”
- David McFadden, Project Manager