By Steve Raw, Dosh Managing Director
VALUES IN ACTION
I started supporting people with a learning disability 25 years ago. This is my second career. My daughter, Bettina, was 9 years old at the time. Bettina copes with a learning disability, autism, and epilepsy. I knew what my values were (and they haven’t changed) but did I know what the values were of the organisation I was going to work for and if they had them, did they demonstrate them towards the people they support?
Several years ago, driving to the office on the M11, I was tuned into BBC Radio 5. A listener was telling the presenter about the importance of British Values. The presenter responds by saying what are they? “urmm, mmmm, a pause” and after not getting a coherent response from the listener, the presenter eventually cuts to the next person. I make a mental note not to make statements unless I can back them up and give examples. I also think, could I name our company values and best of all could I provide evidence we live them?
I have recently been invited by a couple of my colleagues to deliver a presentation to our team on ‘Values’. Now is a good time to reflect before I put my talk together.
Definition for “Values”
A set of principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life.
A set of moral principles that help you to decide what is right and wrong, and how to act in various situations
A philosophy that is meaningful to the company
Related: Giving Voices to Values – Leadership in the Raw by Meike Beckford
How they have worked in our company
Dosh (Financial Advocacy) Ltd is a company supporting adults with a learning disability to have more control and independence with their money. www.dosh.org Dosh is a Not-for-Profit Company and I have had the honour of being Dosh’s Managing Director since 2009. There are currently over 40 members of staff supporting 1200 people across England, Scotland, and Wales.
Our Values are a statement of intention and commitment to achieve a high level of performance for the people we support.
Our values are an internal reference and are designed to maintain a consistent approach in our work and support to people, no matter how much we grow as a company.
We have a ‘code’ which we share with each other, which includes:
Our Values are aimed towards each other and the people we support. We do not differentiate.
How we deliver them:
Personal Values are different for each person. These can be defined as ideas or beliefs that a person holds.
As I started my new work 25 years ago, I had the opportunity to set up a new team from scratch which would support people to be part of their local community who had previously not left the Victorian institution where they lived.
On my first day I had decided that my benchmark would be ‘Bettina’ when it came to setting out our values. What would I want for Bettina? And would I be happy with the people I recruited supporting Bettina? I have not moved from this position over the last quarter of a century.
Now define your Values:
Angela Atkin September 30th, 2021
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By Meike Beckford, Lead Director
While we have been busy adapting our support to lockdown conditions with Coronavirus, we’ve been a little quiet on our other projects. We are now lucky enough to have our teams set up to work from home and in between continuing our core payments and advocacy work, we have been turning our attention back to our goals for the coming year.
When we started planning for 2020-21, we thought about what was really important in our work. How do we make a difference and achieve our mission to give people more independence and control over their money? We wanted to make sure that, whatever new opportunities and developments came our way, we remained focused on our core mission.
To do this, we came up with 3 strategic themes:
Making sure all our work makes a positive, valuable difference for people with a learning disability.
Supporting people and making business decisions that fit with our values and vision, for example to promote people’s independence and control.
Partnering with other organisations to share our knowledge and experience and speak up for the people we support.
We want to use this direction to help us make decisions about what we do over the coming year. How we decide which projects to take on, which areas to work in and how best to support people. So, this year, we’ll be asking:
Impact: how will this positively impact the people we support?
Values: how are we acting and what are we speaking up for?
Influence: how does this grow our voice to achieve our mission for people we support?
This isn’t something we can achieve alone, so we are excited to be working with our partners including the people we support and their families and circles of support; the over 200 support providers we work with across the country; social services and healthcare professionals; financial services and benefits agencies. We look forward to sharing our projects with you and welcome any ideas you’d like to share with us.
This is all working towards achieving our purpose to empower, give voice to and enable each person with a learning disability to be more independent and have more control over their money so they can live the life they choose.
Read more about our vision and purpose with the Dosh Promise.
Meike Beckford May 15th, 2020