The values of Everyone CAN Craft CIC are based on a middle eastern philosophy that had a major update about 2000 years ago. If you had not guessed that most people describe this as have a Judeo-Christian outlook on life.
One of the features of this philosophy is that the belief that if they see a need in society or some kind of injustice that they should do something about it. This means that they will find a way to DO something to help and support the poor and needy. The first step is to show people ways of helping themselves to change the way that they think and act.
Equality and value of human beings
This philosophy places great value upon human life. If every human life is valuable then everyone needs to be offered whatever support they need to be able to see their own value themselves. This we believe produces confident people who are willing to contribute to the well-being of society in a variety of ways.
We believe that everyone has different abilities gifts and talents and that it is important that everyone discovers what these are and develops them. In this way, they can find a place in society where they are comfortable and can perform to their best ability. Our intention is to help people recognise their own value.
The aim is to help people become the best that they can be and fulfil the role designed for them. After all, they are the best person for the role God prepared for them. This also enables and empowers people and makes it possible to achieve all that they are capable of doing. We accept that this can lead to disparities but we do not believe in equality of outcome rather equality of support to enable people to be the best that they can be.
The virtues we wish to promote
Here is a list of virtues that we would like to see developed in everyone involved with Everyone CAN Craft.
- hard work
- consideration of others
- merciful towards others
- commitment to excellence
- be good caretakers of all resources
- desire for constant improvement
In addition to these virtues, we aim to demonstrate love to others by being patient, kind, not envious, not boasting, not proud, nor rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, not keeping a record of wrongs, not delighting in wrong-doing but rejoicing in the good, always protecting, trusting, hoping, persevering and never failing. That is a tall order but we all know that if we aim for the stars then we have a chance of reaching the moon.
This is why we have no problem subscribing to the Faithworks Charter.
This charter was produced by Oasis Charitable Trust and is applicable today as when it was written in 2002.
We will provide an inclusive service to our community by:
- Serving and respecting all people regardless of their gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical and mental capability.
- Acknowledging the freedom of people of all faiths or none both to hold and to express their beliefs and convictions respectfully and freely, within the limits of the UK law.
- Never imposing our Christian faith or belief on others.
- Developing partnerships with other churches, voluntary groups, statutory agencies and local government wherever appropriate in order to create an effective, integrated service for our clients avoiding unnecessary duplication of resources.
- Providing and publicising regular consultation and reporting forums to client groups and the wider community regarding the effective development and delivery of our work and our responsiveness to their actual needs.
We will value all individuals in a way that is consistent with our distinctive Christian ethos by:
- Creating an environment where clients, volunteers and employees are encouraged and enabled to realise their potential.
- Assisting our clients, volunteers and employees to take responsibility for their own learning and development, both through formal and informal training opportunities and ongoing assessment.
- Developing an organisational culture in which individuals learn from any mistakes made and where excellence and innovation are encouraged and rewarded.
- Promoting the value of a balanced, holistic lifestyle as part of each individual’s overall personal development.
- Abiding by the requirements of employment law in the UK and implementing best employment practices and procedures designed to maintain our distinctive ethos and values.
We will develop a professional approach by:
- Implementing a management structure, which fosters and encourages participation by staff at all levels in order to facilitate the fulfilment of the project’s goals and visions.
- Setting and reviewing measurable and timed outcomes annually, and regularly to evaluate and monitor our management structure and output, recognising the need for ongoing organisational flexibility, development and good stewardship of resources.
- Doing all we can to ensure that we are not over-dependent on any one source of funding.
- Implementing best practice procedures in terms of Health and Safety and Child Protection in order to protect our staff, volunteers and clients.
We believe that all can prosper rather than just survive
What is prosperity? It is more than simply financial wellbeing. It is experiencing favourable circumstances in every area of your life. It is when everything turns out well. Yes finances are a part, an important part but not the whole.
We beleive that crafting in its various forms has a positive impact on the lives of individuals and as it impacts individual it also has an impact on communities.
We believe that material prosperity is a good thing provided the whole concept of material properity is handled wisely. This includes encouraging people to help those who are less able than themselves. Material prosperity handled wisely and within a strong framework of virtue brings great blessings.
Another form of prosperity is “emotional” prosperity. Just as there are guidelines to material prosperity there are guidelines for emotional prosperity as well. The thing I like about Christianity is that it offers a damage repair system. This is a way of dealing with the impact of breaking the guidelines for prosperity that has a long record of success. And yes progress can be made by using the principles without forcing religion upon people.