Vision & values
What drives us?
Our vision is that we can make the community a better place to live, for all. We believe that if we can assist in making positive, long-term change in communities, people will have more opportunities and be better supported to be the people they want to be.
To drive this, our vision statement is:
‘People leading lives that have meaning to them, in communities where all can thrive.’
Our values guide the way we think about our work and the decisions we make. It is our thinking that makes us behave in certain ways. Our values are:
- Being of service – This is about shifting the balance of power to the people we mentor and away from us as a service, and us as staff. It requires us to work intentionally to allow people to be heard. When we are mentoring, we are interested in what is important to the person and what they would like to achieve rather than our own ideas and needs. This value aligns with our ‘person-driven practice’.
- Care – Care is the effort we make and the consideration we give to both people and issues. We care about the individuals we mentor, the staff we employ and the communities we are part of. We care about personal, social and political issues that impact on the people we care about.
- Courage – Sometimes we take the easy road by not questioning the right or wrong of something, simply because we do not want to ‘make waves’. If we are to be true to our vision and values, we are going to have to be courageous and stand up for what is right and just for people. This may mean challenging the thinking of not just ourselves, but of each other and the wider community.
- Professionalism – Professionalism is about recognising that we are paid to provide a service and that this requires a high level of awareness of our own behaviour and how it impacts on others.
- Justice – this requires that all people have equal rights and opportunities. This includes everyone, from the poorest person on the margins of society, to the wealthiest; everyone deserves an even playing field where each person has access to what they need to fully participate in society.