Our Values

We are passionate about our core value. They are what make us who we are and help us discern what we do!

Our CORE VALUES

We take an intentional approach in all our work which:

  • is local neighbourhood focused
  • is ‘bottom-up’ and asset-based
  • is holistic, or ‘ecological’, in relation to both people and neighbourhoods
  • is relational, mutual and ‘co-produced’
  • is inclusive of all local people, seeking to break down barriers which divide and ‘label’ people
  • challenges inequalities of power and value, seeking justice, especially for the most marginalized in society
  • embraces messiness and complexity as inevitable and valuable
  • is constantly learning and critically reflecting
  • positively values the traditions of people of faith, and seeks to nurture the social, physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational and spiritual wellbeing of all (see below)

We believe these values make us distinctive in our approach and guide us in all we do.

Our AIMS

We seek to make a distinctive and significant contribution to the wellbeing of people in our neighbourhoods through:

  • Unlocking and connecting local people’s passions, knowledge and skills
  • Working with people to help them overcome barriers to them making confident contributions within their neighbourhood
  • Being a ‘seedbed’ for innovative forms of local, associational life

We also seek to work, in collaboration with partner organisations, to nurture a wider learning community of neighbourhoods and faith communities, growing relationships of mutual learning and support to enable locally-rooted initiatives to incubate and develop.

Our OUTCOMES

While our approach is primarily shaped by our core values, significant outcomes include:

  • NURTURING CONNECTIONS
    • between people
    • between people and the place they live in
    • between people and the natural world
    • between people and their spiritual life
  • FLOURISHING COMMUNITIES:
    • Growing vibrant, hospitable associational life within neighbourhoods
    • Breaking down barriers to participation in local associational life
    • Growing a sense of local pride in people’s neighbourhoods
    • Enabling faith communities to play an active role within their neighbourhoods
    • Enabling people to become more aware of, and confident in challenging, structural injustices at a local level and wider
  • HEALTH & WELLBEING, and EMPLOYABILITY:
    • Reducing barriers to accessing sources of support and well-being
    • Building self-esteem, confidence and resilience
    • Developing people’s self-awareness of their assets (internal and external) that can be deployed to sustain and develop physical, social and economic well-being
    • Addressing social isolation through participation in mutually supportive social networks
    • Learning new skills, and having the confidence to share them with others
    • Engaging in physical and social activities
    • Participating in growing, cooking and eating healthy food
    • Building up experience of voluntary activity which benefits other people

In Partnership With: