All our activities comply with the following Community Service Charter
Motivated by our Christian faith we commit ourselves to serve others by assuring the following standards in all our community work.
Service to the Community
1. To serve and to respect all people regardless of their gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical and mental capacity.
2. To acknowledge the freedom of people of all faiths or none both to hold and to express their beliefs and convictions respectfully and freely, within the limits of the UK law.
3. Never to impose our Christian faith or belief on others.
4. To develop partnerships with other churches, voluntary groups, statutory agencies and local government wherever appropriate in order to create an effective, integrated service for our clients avoiding unnecessary duplication of resources.
5. To provide and publicise regular consultation and reporting forums to client groups and the wider community regarding the effective development and delivery of our work and our responsiveness to their actual needs.
Clients, Staff and Volunteers
1. To create an environment where clients, volunteers and employees are encouraged and enabled to realise their potential.
2. To assist our clients, volunteers and employees to take responsibility for their own learning and development, both through formal and informal training opportunities and on-going assessment.
3. To develop an organisational culture in which individuals learn from any mistakes made and where excellence and innovation are encouraged and rewarded.
4. To promote the value of a balanced, holistic lifestyle as part of each individual’s overall personal development.
5. To abide by the requirements of employment law in the UK and to implement best employment practices and procedures designed to maintain our distinctive ethos and values.
Management and Outcomes
1. To implement a management structure which fosters and encourages participation by staff at all levels in order to facilitate the fulfilment of the project’s goals and visions.
2. To set and to review measurable and timed outcomes annually, and regularly to evaluate and monitor our management structure and output, recognising the need for on-going organisational flexibility, development and good stewardship of resources.
3. To do all we can to ensure that we are not over-dependent on any one source of funding.
4. To implement best practice procedures in terms of Health and Safety and Child Protection in order to protect our staff, volunteers and clients.
5. To handle our funding in a transparent and accountable way and to give the relevant people from outside our organisation / project reasonable access to our accounts.
The above charter was adopted by church meeting held on 21st November 2004
Adopted by the church meeting of 21st November 2004
the faith works charter
PRINCIPLES FOR CHURCHES AND LOCAL CHRISTIAN AGENCIES COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY WORK AND SERVICE PROVISION IN THE UK.
We also accept the 8 points of the Progressive Christian Network:
We are Christians who…
1. Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus;
2. Recognise the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the gateway to God’s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us;
3. Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God’s feast for all peoples;
4. Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to):
believers and agnostics
conventional Christians and questioning sceptics
women and men
those of all sexual orientations and gender identities
those of all races and cultures
those of all classes and abilities
those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope;
5. Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe;
6. Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty, more value in questioning than in absolutes;
7. Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people; protecting and restoring the integrity of all God’s creation; and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers;
8. Recognise that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.