Carol Baxter – Head of Development Equality Authority www.equality.ie
“Maria Hegarty provided technical assistance to the Equality Authority for its Equal Opportunities at the Level of the Enterprise support scheme for SMEs. This involved intensive liaison with the equality consultants providing support for businesses and with a wide range of SMEs. Ms Hegarty brought extensive equality expertise, understanding of business and knowledge of Human Resources and customer services to her work for the Equality Authority. She focused on ensuring that service delivery to SMEs was of a high standard and responsive to the needs of business. The SME Scheme operated very effectively under her direction”.
Madeleine Clarke – Head of Human Resources, Focus Ireland www.focusireland.ie
“Equality Strategies provided mediation/conflict resolution training to our management teams in 2008, upskilling them in managerial techniques to deal with workplace conflict. The training facilitators presented the training in a highly professional manner, providing guidelines and practice to them in how to resolve interpersonal conflict in the workplace using practical non judgmental approaches. The feedback was excellent from the groups involved as the training helped them gain confidence in dealing with workplace issues”.
Deiric O Broin. Director Nordubco www.nordubco.ie
Equality Strategies provided an excellent service to our organisation. They worked with us to develop a shared understanding of the proposed programme of work and kept key stakeholders informed at every step of the way. The final report was insightful, nuanced, balanced and provided a major contribution to our restructuring process”.
Neil O’ Sullivan -Human Resource Manager, Waterford Institute of Technology www.wit.ie
“Maria Hegarty of Equality Strategies won a tender to conduct an Equality Audit in our College. She carried out this audit in an extremely professional manner and she produced a comprehensive report including an Action Plan. I would highly recommend Maria Hegarty and her company to any organisation that is developing or reviewing its Equality Policies and Procedures”.
Issah Huseini-National Coordinator, New Communities Partnership
Equal Strategies worked with New Communities Partnership in 2008 on an action research project looking at poverty and exclusion practices as barriers to the integration of new communities in Dublin. Equal Strategies provided clear, robust analysis from focus groups. The findings assisted NCP to broaden their understanding on the trends and patterns to barriers to employment for migrants and to consider carefully the future impact of interventions”.
Mary Doheny – Manager , Priorswood Resource Centre
“Maria worked with TravAct during a time of restructuring following staff changes. This was a difficult process and Maria worked through it in a professional manner, making it possible for the spoken and unspoken issues to be aired. Maria’s belief in equality, dedication to the task along with her capacity to deal with difficult situations made the process really valuable”.