What is your vision?
Example vision statements:
"Youthnet's vision is of an inclusive and equitable society that values children and young people and actively enables and celebrates their contribution to this."
"Our vision is of individuals connecting with others and their community to build a better society." (Volunteer Now)
Every community group or voluntary organisation is set up to pursue an agreed purpose. This may have been, for example, to provide a service or to address a specific need in the community. Organisations use a range of ways to communicate why they exist, what it is they hope to achieve and how they work.
The core purpose of the organisation is usually defined in the strategic plan and the governing documents. Organisations are not legally permitted to carry out functions which are not within the remit of their core purpose, as defined in their governing documents.
An organisation's vision is the long-term change it ideally would like to see if its work is successful. A vision should motivate and enable individuals to see how their effort contributes to an overall inspirational purpose.
What is your mission?
Example mission statements:
"To increase recognition for volunteering, enable community engagement and maximise the impact of civic involvement." (Volunteer Now)
"To work for the child's right to play." (PlayBoard)
One of the fundamental questions for any group or organisation is, "what is our purpose?" The mission statement should clearly define your purpose. It is a short, formal statement about:
what the organisation aims to do (its prupose)
or whom (beneficiaries)
here, why or how.
It is the reason the group or organisation exists and helps keep everyone involved in the organisation focused.
What are your values?
An organisation's values are its guiding principles which apply across the organisation and underpin how its work is carried out. An organisation's values are its basic beliefs about what really matters, which guide how things should be done.