Since 1993 USDT has been a community based organisation in the Springfield area: helping to develop many successful programmes to support the area’s social, economic, physical and cultural regeneration. Developing strong, inclusive communities is a key element in achieving sustainable community development; but who wants to sign-up to a society if they are made to feel second class?
A sustainable community requires not only economic development, but also provision of and access to education, health and community support services, amenities and leisure services and a good quality built environment. To achieve this outcome our projects work with a broad range of groups and individuals: young people with complex needs, those with a disability, dependants, the elderly, school children, unemployed, minority ethnic groups, the social economy et al.
We develop programmes that tackle crime, poor skills, economic poverty, poor social infrastructure, discrimination and area disadvantage. We continually develop new ideas for action that supports good practice in key areas of social inclusion policy and practice. We ensure our programme successes are effectively monitored, evaluated and effectively co-ordinated and integrated. We always seek to engage, develop, improve and transform people and our community.
The values at the core of the organisation’s core are community development based, they are:
USDT’s overarching goal is to ensure that the principles of community development, environmental sustainability and ensuring value for money pervade all our work and development.
· Reputation for Excellence
· Financial Sustainability
· Development of Social Enterprises
· Social Impact
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How do we govern? Good governance is essential for Upper Springfield Development Trust’s success. Our board members play a vital role in serving our organisation and the community:
Our board complies with six fundamental governance principles for charitable organisations. The purpose of these principles is to assist board members to enhance their decision making, increase their accountability and enable them to provide strong leadership.
The 6 Principles
An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by:
An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by understanding their role. Members of the board will understand their role and responsibilities collectively as a board and as individual trustees in relation to:
and in terms of
An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by ensuring delivery of organisational purpose. The board will ensure that the organisation delivers its stated purposes or aims by:
An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by working effectively both as individuals and as a team. The board will have a range of appropriate policies and procedures, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to enable both individuals and the board to work effectively. These will include:
An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by exercising effective control. As the accountable body, the board will ensure that:
An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by behaving with integrity. The board will:
An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by being open and accountable. The board will lead the organisation in being open and accountable, both internally and externally. This will include:
USDT makes an annual open call for new members. This ensures proper rotation of people and to fill any skills/experience gaps.
As well as the main board USDT has three delegated committees:
1. Finance, Audit and Risk;
2. Human Resources and Governance