Guidelines and principles


Early in the start up process for a Trust the initial champion and/or the steering group should agree a set of policy guidelines and principles of good practice. These will cover both the nature of the Trust envisaged, and also the way the setting up process should be conducted in order to achieve that.

For many people guidelines and principles may seem a rather abstract idea at the outset - yet they represent the issues which may later cause dissent unless they are discussed and a consensus reached.

One way of prompting early discussions is to include a discussion of 'style' in the workshops organised to brainstorm project ideas. Ask people how they would like the Trust to operate and be seen.

You may find that sponsors or funders of the Trust have some requirements which they may express as guidelines.

Some examples of guidelines are given below with the actions which flow from them .

Not all principles and actions are compatible and it is important to identify which are the over-arching principles. Review the options below, but also develop your own.

Start up process

To be clear on where you are going...

To make rapid progress...

To gain local support...

Structure of the Trust

To represent the whole community...

To ensure the Trust is locally 'owned'...

To create a committed Board...

Sustainability

To sustain the Trust in the longer term...

To reduce dependence on grants...

Style of operation

To be a business-like Trust...

To create an enabling Trust...

To concentrate on a 'do-it' role ...

Projects

To focus on funder-determined projects...

To meet community needs...
As above, plus:

Checklist

In developing your own set of guidelines and principles, consider:


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