A new direction

At the end of September, our Board of Trustees approved a new strategic direction for Scope – one that will transform what we do as an organisation.

Scope was set up more than 60 years ago by three parents and a social worker who believed in a better society for their children. That spirit of change has always defined us. The way we are run, the services we offer and the ways we influence others have all shifted over the years. But too often, big charities like us get stuck in a cycle of doing the same things they’ve always done. We have been guilty of this. Charities have to be brave, ask difficult questions and challenge themselves. And that’s what we’ve been doing at Scope.

We spoke to service users, staff, volunteers, members, supporters and disabled people. We looked at the research and reviews we have carried out. And we thought about where our strengths are and where we can make a real difference.

The result is this strategy, which is designed to give us real clarity about what we are here to do and why. In one sense it’s simple. We exist to create a better society for disabled people and their families. But that’s a huge aim – and we have to recognise that we can’t do it all. So the strategy concentrates on six key areas where we want to make change happen.

From 2013, everything we do will be aligned with these six key themes. We have to make the biggest difference we possibly can – for our service users, beneficiaries, donors and supporters. I believe this strategy will help us do that. It promises to be a hugely exciting journey for Scope – and one that will see us change the world for the better.

Thank you, as always, for your support.