Depther­apy joins the NCVO, Vi­vian Quarry goes up for sale, de­tails of Scubafest Corn­wall, and Em­peror Divers cel­e­bratesi its 25th an­niver­sary.

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Div­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion char­ity Depther­apy is pleased to an­nounce its mem­ber­ship of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Vol­un­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tions (NCVO). This an­nounce­ment comes at the start of an ex­cit­ing year for Depther­apy in which the char­ity will in­tro­duce more in­jured exser­vice­men to the ben­e­fits of div­ing than ever be­fore.

Join­ing the NCVO is an im­por­tant step for the char­ity and shows its com­mit­ment to build­ing the strong­est foun­da­tions for the fu­ture. Depther­apy joins the ranks of 12,500 vol­un­tary sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tion NCVO mem­bers across Eng­land. NCVO Mem­ber­ship gives ac­cess to re­sources and ex­per­tise that is an in­valu­able aid to en­sure char­i­ties like Depther­apy max­imise their po­ten­tial for their ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

As part of its mem­ber­ship of the NCVO, Depther­apy has also com­mit­ted to gain­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion us­ing the Prac­ti­cal Qual­ity As­sur­ance Sys­tem to ob­tain the PQASSO Qual­ity Mark. Work­ing to­wards this na­tion­al­lyrecog­nised award, which is en­dorsed by the Char­ity Com­mis­sion, means Depther­apy will un­der­take a pro­gramme of vig­or­ous as­sess­ment over the next 12 months.

“Work­ing to­wards the PQASSO Qual­ity Mark is im­por­tant to us as both a means of anal­y­sis and a way to con­tin­u­ously im­prove the qual­ity of our ser­vice,” ex­plains Dr. Richard Cullen, Founder and Chair­man of Depther­apy and Depther­apy Ed­u­ca­tion. “Our even­tual achieve­ment of the Qual­ity Mark will of­fer ex­ter­nal ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the ro­bust­ness of our char­ity and will demon­strate that we have sys­tems and pro­cesses in place that are fit for pur­pose and meet the high­est stan­dards.”

As well as this work be­hind the scenes, 2017 will see Depther­apy get an un­prece- dented num­ber of in­jured ex-ser­vice­men into the wa­ter. Places on the Depther­apy cour­ses are in high de­mand and the char­ity will run two Open Wa­ter and Ad­vanced Open Wa­ter pro­grammes at Roots Red Sea in May and Oc­to­ber this year.

These pro­grammes are mostly funded by Depther­apy’s part­ner­ship with the Royal Foun­da­tion’s En­deav­our Fund and will cater for 20-25 divers. This fund­ing has also re­sulted in the pur­chase of sev­eral dry suits to al­low more ex­pe­ri­enced pro­gramme mem­bers to start UK div­ing and progress their con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

Other cour­ses al­ready planned for 2017 in­clude a Men­tal Health First Aid for the Armed Ser­vices Com­mu­nity Course in Fe­bru­ary and two Depther­apy Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­fes­sional Cour­ses in April and May for Dive In­struc­tors and Dive Masters want­ing to learn about adap­tive teach­ing.

Plan­ning has also started on Depther­apy’s ma­jor 2018 ex­pe­di­tion to Truk La­goon, which has been funded by the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer us­ing LI­BOR funds. This fund­ing will al­low the char­ity to run two build-up pro­grammes in 2016: a wreck live­aboard in the Red Sea and a fur­ther de­vel­op­men­tal pro­gramme later in the year.

Key to Depther­apy’s con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion in 2016 and fu­ture suc­cess is the char­ity’s com­mit­ment to con­stant im­prove­ment. “The Board of Depther­apy prides it­self on our qual­ity of busi­ness plan­ning and ser­vice de­liv­ery,” says Dr. Richard Cullen.

“By join­ing the NCVO and sub­mit­ting the char­ity for ac­cred­i­ta­tion this year, we have com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing our sys­tem and pro­cesses are sim­ply the best.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the work of Depther­apy and Depther­apy Ed­u­ca­tion visit


“Join­ing the NCVO is an im­por­tant step for the char­ity and shows its com­mit­ment to build­ing the strong­est foun­da­tions for the fu­ture?”

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