During 2017 The Board of the Community Centre began preparing for the adoption of the 5 Principles of the Governance Code.
The Governance Code is for board members, managers, staff and volunteers of community, voluntary and charitable organisations. It is a resource to assist community, voluntary and charity organisations develop their overall capacity in terms of how they run their organisation.
It a voluntary code provided free to all boards/committees/ executives of not-for-profit groups to encourage them to check themselves against best practice in the management of their affairs.
The Governance Code will be an invaluable tool to help give confidence to the board of Newmarket-on-Fergus Community Centre and to all our stakeholders. Good governance means that policies and procedures are in place to ensure an organisation is run well.
But good governance is not only about regulations, it is an attitude of mind.
It is about the ethical culture of the organisation and the behaviour of the people on the governing body and its volunteers.
The board of Newmarket-on-Fergus Community Centre CLG has developed policies linked to our purpose, mission and values, and our vision for the future.
Our Purpose, Mission and Values statement may be viewed on our "About Us" page.
Our policies have been developed to give structure to what we do and how we operate. They are an organised, agreed upon collection of procedures that come from the governing body of our organisation.
It is important that we have these documented procedures written down as people move on and new people will not be familiar with previous board decisions. They keep the operational structure of the organisation in place. These procedures can be changed and improved upon by later committees and any changes updated in the procedures.
The written procedures or policies are a useful tool to train in new volunteers or new board members. They also give consistency to what we do on a day to day basis and provide a framework for accountability and compliance to the highest standard in what we do and the services we provide.
We have developed policies on the following.....
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