Marsha Jones, Development Officer from our partner agency, BDCVS enjoys meeting with groups new and old. This year, she is challenging all organisations in Barking and Dagenham to develop and agree some resolutions for 2015.

To get in touch with Marsha Jones call her on 020 8532 7326 or email her at marsha.jones@bdcvs.org.uk

Below are her five statements with examples based on the findings from working with local groups, have a read and get in touch with her!

1.I will understand local needs
Strive to ensure that your organisation has clarity and understanding of the social problems that you seek to address or tackle. This is the most crucial aspect of development planning. You must seek to understand not only the focal problems but the causal factors and the effects if the issues are not addressed. You must gather up-to-date facts or statistics and actively involve your beneficiaries when assessing their needs, priorities and prospective solutions.

2.I will have clarity on the core purpose of my organisation
Can you describe why your organisation exists succinctly in 30-45 seconds? If not, you’ve got some work to do on your vision and mission statements. You must also make sure that these are aligned with the local needs and priorities that you have identified.

3.I will self-evaluate and reflect
Take some time and honestly explore what is working and what needs to improve. This will mean asking yourselves some really difficult questions like:

“are we really making a difference?”
“have we made any significant change in the lives of our beneficiaries?”
“have we been spending our money efficiently?”
“are we more accountable to our donors/funders than we are to our beneficiaries?”

4.I will work together with others
We can no longer afford to continue to be a fragmented sector and to duplicate service delivery. Collaborative working is key to ensuring a holistic and multi-agency approach to tackling local issues. We need to stop putting our own organisational interests above those of our beneficiaries and re-establish a people-centred approach where we can collectively improving their quality of life. Make it a priority to find out who is doing what and where, then make links and identify pathways to consortium building.

5.I will ensure we are accountable
Trustees have a key responsibility to ensure that they safeguard the assets of the organisation. This means that you must have robust systems, structures and procedures. You must also be willing to accept responsibility for all actions that you take and learn from mistakes. Your organisation must also assess how it communicates with other stakeholders about its overall performance, efficiency and effectiveness.