Dingley’s Promise were recently awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound governance mark. We spoke to Group Operations Manager, Aimee Knight, and Treasurer, Ian Mackinder, about the charity’s work and the process of applying for Safe + Sound.
Tell us about the work of Dingley’s Promise
What encouraged you to apply for Safe + Sound?
What did the process involve for the Dingley’s Promise team?
Ian: We found the self assessment very useful, especially as it was written in clear jargon-free language. However, what was even more valuable was having Herjeet take time to understand our organisation, read our policies and procedures, and assess them from an independent perspective. The outcome was extremely useful to us. Some things, such as certain financial procedures, that many of us took for granted were not actually documented or properly shared. Other policy documents, such as the Governance Handbook, had not been updated to reflect changed circumstances. Herjeet also provided invaluable advice on issues such as GDPR. We are delighted to have to have taken part in the process and brought ourselves up to the Safe + Sound standard.
Aimee, Ian, and Dingley’s Promise Chief Executive, Catherine McLeod, were presented with their Safe + Sound certificate at RVA’s AGM on 10 October 2018. RVA were also delighted to feature Aimee in our AGM publication, Social Action in Reading.
Find out more about the work of Dingley’s promise on their website: www.dingley.org.uk.