Congratulations to the Associação Portuguesa de Pais e Amigos do Cidadão Deficiente Mental (APPACDM) de Viana de Castelo in Portugal, which was awarded with the EQUASS Excellence quality mark on the 31st of August 2015. APPACDM de Viana do Castelo was one of many Portuguese organisations that had participated in the Arquimedes programme funded by the European Social Fund, with the aim of becoming EQUASS Excellence certified.

Read more: APPACDM Viana de Castelo certified with EQUASS Excellence

Dirk Jarré is the president of EURAG, the European Federation of Older Persons, which is the oldest transnational non-governmental organisation being created by and for older persons in 1962, 53 years ago.

Read more: Interview with a member of the EQUASS Awarding Committee: Dirk Jarré, EURAG

Mette Veiby is the Administrative Director of Follo Futura, a centre for vocational guidance and training to persons with disabilities in Ås, south of Oslo, Norway. Follo Futura also produces equipment for physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation.

Read more: Interview with an EQUASS certified organisation: Follo Futura

The EQUASS Local Licence Holder in Estonia, Astangu KRK, now has a new mission: National Center for Social Services Quality for Estonia (Sotsiaalteenuste kvaliteedi keskus).

Read more: EQUASS Estonia becomes national center for the Quality of social services

This article was originally published in the EQUASS 2013 Annual Report.

Interview with Helena Maria Mamede Albuquerque, CEO of APPACDM de Coimbra.

Read more: Interview with an EQUASS Excellence certified organisation

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