When we Launched Independent Housing to Provide Supported Living, We Changed Our Structure to a Voluntary Organisation and Not For Profit Distribution
Structure – Our organisation’s rules for its structure are contained in our constitution – our governing document. When our Management Committee makes decisions in the best interests of the Organisation is considers our Vision, Mission and Values.
The Vision: DP Volunteer’s vision for volunteers is that is that fewer people experience intense social isolation.
The Mission: DP’s Volunteers’ Mission is to alleviate emotional and psychological distress and reduce the incidence of isolated feelings and behaviour. We will do this by:
- Being available up to 24 hours a day to provide emotional support and reassurance
- Reaching out to high risk groups and communities
- Working in partnership
- Influencing public policy and raising awareness
The Values: DP Volunteers’ is committed to the following Values:
- People making their own decisions and choices
- Being non-judgemental
- Human contact
Purpose – The organisation is set up to provide not for profit supported housing and carry out some benefit for the wider community than just its members. This community benefit is social and involves promotion of educational, environmental, economic benefits in the course of its work, etc. and is generally what a person in the street would easily recognise as being for community benefit.
Private and Self-Governing – Our organisation is independent from any other organisation with its own internal procedures for deciding matters without consulting an outside group. This does not mean that voluntary organisations cannot be helped by other organisations, such as the local council or ourselves. Our voluntary organisation must be free to make decisions in the best interests of the voluntary organisation and not be instructed by any other group.
Not-for-profit – Our organisation can make profits but the money must be ploughed back into the work of the group, not given to the members, the directors or anyone else as happens with for-profit groups. A more useful term is ‘non-profit-distributing’.
Voluntary – Our organisation involves some meaningful voluntary activity in its actual activities not in the management of the organisation. This does not mean that all the income of an organisation must come from voluntary contributions, or that everyone that works for it must be a volunteer. The minimum level of voluntary activity is that the management committee, who have a legal responsibility to put the organisation’s interest ahead of their own, must mostly be volunteers.