Beliefs & Commitments
There is not
one right way to write your organisation's statements of philosophy,
beliefs, commitments. Here is one example.
committee, staff and volunteers believe that:
1. All people
have equal right to the benefits and opportunities of our society.
2. Within our
communities there are groups and individuals who experience disadvantage
3. Our local
action affects local issues and concerns and in turn affects
the wider community.
and Community Centres belong to the local communities and should
be accountable to them.
5. The effects
of social problems can be reduced or eliminated by work on the
causes of the problems (as well as the symptoms), ie prevention.
and Community Centres should focus on the needs of local communities
not just those who make it through their front doors.
development assists people to identify their needs, gain resources
and have more control over their lives (empowerment).
users, staff, unpaid workers and management committee members
have rights which we have a responsibility to ensure are protected.
We are committed
for a fairer distribution of resources and power.
fair and equal access for all people to those services that are
important for their quality of life.
the opportunities for people to participate in decisions that
affect their lives.
explicit, fairer, more comprehensive rights for all people regardless
of their income and social background.
5. Local residents
and groups identifying community needs, planning and developing
6. Local residents
and groups taking part in the management and control of services.
the rights of service users, staff and volunteers.
confidentiality and privacy in service user and staff matters.
conduct of staff and volunteers.
culturally relevant services.
honestly and in good faith.
with care and diligence.
loyally and avoiding conflicts of interest.
in the best interests of the organisation.
powers for their proper use.
the principles of natural justice.
Based on Ethics
in Community Organisations, Published by the Local Community
Services Association and written by Paul Bullen.