The voice of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector needs to be heard and Support Staffordshire aims to help its colleagues across the sector to clarify and strengthen that voice, helping to get it heard in the right places.
Support Staffordshire can help with all aspects of planning for the future, from getting the basics right through to large scale plans for new projects and programmes of work.
At its heart, planning for the future is about seeing a vision of where your organisation wants to be, by setting and achieving goals to get there. It is a process to think about what you need to do to taking into consideration the time, money, people, skills and other resources you will need to achieve the goal.
Policies and Procedures form the basis for the work of an organisation and provide the guiding principles that they will follow. They should be working documents that are reviewed on a regular basis.
It is important that they are clear and well written so that they can support effective decision making, however the terms Policies and Procedures are often used interchangeably without an understanding of the difference between them. They can be defined as follows:-
Policy – a set of rules that an organisation follows
Governance is a vital component in the development of an organisation; whether small, medium or large. Understanding & implementing good governance for an organisation will allow it to:
- have a consistent & clear direction
- improve effectiveness
- provide leadership
- demonstrate clear accountability
Improving standards of governance has become a top priority for most organisations across the UK.
Finding the right type of funding for your needs can often seem a complex task, however, Support Staffordshire and our team of experienced staff are here to help and support you in maximising your chances of success.
Support Staffordshire promotes, enables and supports voluntary organisations to involve volunteers in all aspects of their work.
In 2006 a new form of charity was created in law to address the confusion of having to be both a registered charity and a company; with the associated ‘dual registration and reporting’. The new form is known as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation or ‘CIO’ and went live in March 2013.
The term Social Enterprise or even Social Business is a fashionable one, but a little confusing, as it refers to a wide range of legal forms that organisations can take. Organisations describing themselves as Social Enterprises can be community groups, charities, companies of various forms, co-operatives, mutuals, or straight for-profit businesses and sole traders. When it comes to social enterprise, it pays to be clear what you do and don’t mean!
For Support Staffordshire, the main factors that show you are a genuine social enterprise are: