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Community Living first in NZ to achieve CQL Accreditation

by Community Living | Jul 29, 2020

Chief Executive Marese McGee today announced that Community Living has been awarded the three-year Quality Assurances Accreditation from The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). This valuable achievement confirms that the organisation embraces person-centred solutions to improve the quality of life for people receiving supports and services.

Key points:

  • Community Living partners with disabled people to enable them to live their dreams.
  • They are a non-profit organisation with over thirty years’ experience in the disability sector.
  • Based in Hamilton, they work with communities throughout the middle of the north island including the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.
  • Community Living staff are encouraged to upskill and think creatively. This means constantly seeking innovative ways to meet and exceed the needs of the people they support.

CE Marese McGee said

“I am delighted and proud to be accredited after a rigorous two year process. CQL gave us great feedback and recognised all the work and effort of the last decades, and these last two years of work in particular.  I want to thank all the staff who worked on this, Specialist Support Workers, Managers and Leaders throughout the organisation, the people we support, their whānau and all our supporters who enabled this to happen.”

“We are proud to be the first organisation in New Zealand to achieve this accreditation. This puts us in a great position going into the future of the disability sector in this country. Our goal now is to continue improving both to maintain our accreditation, and to improve the standard of service we provide. ”

CQL accreditation involves a rigorous process to review and improve supports and services. This ensures Community Living are focused on helping people supported pursue what really matters in their lives, and achieve their dreams.

Community Living has demonstrated proficiency in the following CQL standard:

•             Basic Assurances®

Ensuring fundamental safeguards related to health, safety and human security.

“CQL commends Community Living for its success in increasing the quality of life for the people it supports. We are pleased to partner with them on this journey of ongoing organisational transformation”

- Mary Kay Rizzolo, president and CEO of CQL.

CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is an international non-profit, virtual organisation dedicated to the definition, measurement and improvement of personal quality of life. CQL’s vision is a world of dignity, opportunity and community for all people.

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Community Living is a non-profit organisation based in Hamilton, New Zealand, dedicated to partnering with disabled people to live their dreams.

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