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Standards and Quality Practices

WALK provides quality-checked services

WALK aims to provide services that meet with both voluntary and mandatory standards and codes.

WALK is committed to constantly improving the services it provides. Please see below for more information on the quality programmes, standards and codes that WALK are either in compliance with or on the road to compliance with.

PQASSO - Overarching Quality Programme

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WALK is committed to the full implementation of PQASSO and uses this tool as it overarching quality system.  This quality system specifically designed for third sector organisations.  WALK has been engaged with implementing PQASSO since 2008 and was the first organisation in Ireland to be awarded with PQASSO at level 2.  WALK was awarded PQASSO level 2 in 2011 and again in 2015.  

"PQASSO covers all aspects of an organisation, from governance to service delivery and monitoring outcomes. PQASSO’s flexibility means it can be used by all types of third sector organisations, including charities, social enterprises, community interest companies and community groups.

PQASSO offers a flexible approach to quality which allows an organisation to work at its own pace as it is self-assessed through the 12 quality areas. Organisations can also apply for the PQASSO Quality Mark, a nationally recognised award endorsed by the Charity Commission that offers users as well as commissioners and funders external verification of the quality and credibility of an organisation" (extracted from https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/pqasso).

HIQA (Regulatory)

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The Health and Quality Authority in Ireland has a statutory remit for ensuring compliance with their National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities across the disability sectors in Ireland, whether they are run by public, private or voluntary bodies or organisations.

WALK works towards compliance with the standards set out in this framework.

HIQA makes reports from individual service providers publicly available on their website shortly after inspections in any of the services they review.

Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)

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WALK has been engaged with CQL since 2007 when WALK was awarded with CQL's internationally recognised Basic Assurances Award.

Since then, WALK has implemented many distinguished programmes through its partnership with CQL.

WALK continues to implement the Person Centred Excellence Plan within the organisation. Ongoing we collect and analyse data in relation to POMs for each person we support.

“The stories and documents that the organisation sent for CQL to review were truly inspiring. The organisation has gone above and beyond to support people to be included as valued members of the community”.

Fundraising Practices

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WALK is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

See more here.

Statement of Recommended Practice ( SORPs) Applicable to Charities

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The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Accounting and Reporting by Charities: Statement of Recommended Practice available to charities preparing their accounts in accordance with the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland (FRS 102) (Effective 1 January 2015) – Charities SORP (FRS 102) and the Companies Act 2014. More information can be found by clicking here

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WALK is a registered Charity. Charity number is CHY 10777. Companies Registration Number 322400. Registered Charity Number (CRA Number) 20028008
Accredited by: CQL PQASSO
WALK is the trading name for Walkinstown Association for People with an Intellectual Disability Limited. All rights reserved. © WALK 2015
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