Deptherapy Awarded Prestigious Trusted Charity Mark

deptherapy trusted mark award

Deptherapy Programme Members Andy Searle and Jon Beever taking part in a coral reef surveying and conservation course at Roots Red Sea. (Photo: Dmitry Knyazev/Deptherapy)

Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy has announced that it has been awarded the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Trusted Charity Mark. Deptherapy is the first volunteer-managed and run charity ever to receive this accolade.

The award follows several months of rigorous and complex assessment in a process that is normally reserved for larger charities managed and operated by paid employees. In order to receive the Trusted Charity Mark, Deptherapy had to meet the criteria in eleven areas of the quality standard including governance, leadership and management, money management and working with others.

The 'robust leadership' of Deptherapy’s board of trustees was praised by the NCVO Assessor for ensuring that the charity is led 'with transparency and integrity.' He also said that Deptherapy 'has developed a very strong reputation as a world leader in adaptive scuba diving techniques, and has developed clear and robust policies and procedures to ensure that the organisation is efficiently run and works to a very high standard.'

Daimon Haywood, Vice Chairman and Trustee of Deptherapy, quoted NASA astronaut Jim Lovell when he said: 'There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.'

'We are a charity built on a team that makes things happen,' said Haywood. 'We have received the Trusted Charity Mark through sheer hard work and the dedication of an amazing team of volunteers who change lives.'

Debra Lilley, who became President of Deptherapy in April 2019, said: 'When I was invited to be President of Deptherapy I first wanted to understand their governance; as a Chartered Director this is very important to me. Receiving the NCVO Trusted Charity Mark is official recognition of what I found: a charity run in a way others should absolutely aspire to match.'

The award of the Trusted Charity Mark comes just a month before the charity undertakes its largest expedition yet to the Red Sea,  with a team of 30 divers travelling to Roots in El Quseir to undertake Open Water Training and Continuing Education up to Adaptive Teaching & Divemaster level.

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




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