Vision and Ethos

Our Vision

Our Vision is that homeless or near homeless people in Eastbourne have an opportunity to address barriers to a stable lifestyle and discover skills, attitudes and values that will give substance to their hope for a better future.

We want to see formerly homeless or near homeless people able to sustain stable independent (interdependent) healthy lifestyles with a sense of purpose and wellbeing, having also had an opportunity to consider issues of the Christian faith.

 

Kingdom Way Trust Charter

The Christian ‘mercy, compassion and justice’ ethos of Kingdom Way Trust infuses our methodology of rehabilitation. Motivated by our Christian faith we commit ourselves to serve others by aspiring to the following standards in all our work.

We will provide an inclusive service to our community by:

1. Serving and respecting all people regardless of their gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical and mental capability.

2. Acknowledging 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 imposing our Christian faith on others whilst allowing appropriate expression of Christian beliefs and values in the conduct of activities, always respecting those of other faiths or of none.

4. Developing 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. Providing and publicising 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.

6. Being clear and unashamed in our Christian beliefs and focus, and seeking within the bounds of mutual respect to allow expression of Christian values and beliefs.

We will value all individuals in a way that is consistent with our distinctive Christian ethos by:

1. Creating an environment founded on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ where clients, volunteers and employees are encouraged and enabled to realise their potential.

2. Assisting our clients, volunteers and employees to take responsibility for their own learning and development, both through formal and informal training opportunities and ongoing assessment.

3. Developing an organisational culture in which individuals learn from any mistakes made and where excellence and innovation are encouraged and affirmed.

4. Promoting the value of a balanced and, where appropriate, Christlike lifestyle as part of each individual’s overall personal development.

5. Abiding by the requirements of employment law in the UK and implementing best employment practices and procedures designed to maintain our distinctive ethos and values.

We will develop a professional approach to management, practice and funding by:

1. Implementing 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. Setting and reviewing measurable and timed outcomes annually, and regularly to evaluate and monitor our management structure and output, recognising the need for ongoing organisational flexibility, development and good stewardship of resources.

3. Doing all we can to ensure that we are not over-dependent on any one source of funding.

4. Implementing best practice procedures in terms of Health and Safety and Child / Vulnerable Adult Protection in order to protect our staff, volunteers and clients.

5. Handling our funding in a transparent and accountable way and to give relevant people from outside our organisation/project reasonable access to our accounts.

Note: this is based on ‘The Faithworks Charter’ © Faithworks 2002

 

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