Twenty members of the Irish Chaplaincy took part in an event in Central London at the end of March entitled: ‘Planning Ahead Together- Looking Ahead with Hope’.
There was a good mix of Staff, Trustees and Volunteers, and the day began with a re-telling of the story of the Chaplaincy and went on to look at where the charity is going in the next 3 years. Six main themes emerged:
Services: Maintain and develop our work with Irish prisoners, Travellers and Seniors. Look at expanding outreach, especially to younger people.
Partnerships: Maintain relationships with Irish Government and Bishops. Seek partnerships with: Local parishes and Bishops, and Irish community (and other) organisations, locally & nationally.
People: Maintain good mix of skills in staff, trustees and volunteers. Recruit more volunteers (with good infrastructure in place); also more interns.
Education: Raise awareness. Seek to be a model of good practice.
Profile: Raise profile by: Newsletters, publicity materials, press releases, re-launched website, targeted use of social media, events. Consider image and name.
Finances: Long-term fundraising strategy. Seek multi-year funding from trusts, business-es, individuals, sponsorship.
And underpinning all of our work is an:
Ethos & Vision: rooted firmly in Catholic Social Teaching, whilst being inclusive and reaching out, and serving those most on the margins.