Quality in organisations in the community, voluntary and disability sector has been given a boost today following the launch of SOLA, a Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Quality in the Community and Voluntary Sector by Senator Martin Conway today. SOLA is committed to improving service provision with appropriate governance and sustainable quality systems. The launch has coincided with a Symposium on Quality that is being held by the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI), the University of Limerick (UL) and Johnson & Johnson.
Speaking at the launch, Senator Conway stated "I was delighted to be asked by UL to participate in the launch of this innovative facility. I believe the work being undertaken by SOLA will be of great assistance to people with disabilities in eliminating barriers to continuous professional development. As a person with a disability, I understand how daunting and difficult it can be to enter and participate fully in education and in the workplace".
Attending the event were, Allen Dunne, DFI, Deirdre Nally, UL, Vincent Kearns, HIQA and Marian Maloney, Galway Centre for Independent Living and her guide dog Yaz. Picture: Alan Place