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SCOPE Changing Direction To Meet The Challenge Of Today's Sad New World - Carers UK Forum

SCOPE Changing Direction To Meet The Challenge Of Today's Sad New World

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Very interesting article on one the leading disability charities , SCOPE , and their change of direction :

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/s ... with-dpos/

Two quotes stand out , one very relevant to the recent decision taken by Carers UK :
Another said the move was just an attempt by Scope to “reposition itself in the marketplace”, and compared the charity to “an old pig wearing new lipstick”.

He said the charity needed to take “radical” steps if it wanted to “become relevant to a far larger proportion of the 13 million disabled people in the UK”.

For those amongst our ranks interested in the bigger picture , worth a few minutes to digest , and then ponder from our perspective as carers.

Another quote that needs no further comment from me :

Kamran Mallick, the new chief executive of DR UK, said he welcomed the Scope changes “and the principles that underlie them”.

But he added: “The best, most effective, lasting change comes when it’s driven by disabled people.

“That doesn’t mean that other organisations, concerned about the rights of disabled people, have no impact at all.

“Any organisation which aims to be more relevant to disabled people is a good thing and organisations become more relevant if they are driven by the voices of those with lived experience.

“This is central to the disabled people’s movement, however that alone doesn’t make them disabled people’s organisations.

“We’d like all charities concerned about disability issues to be run by and for disabled people, which includes not just disabled trustees but senior managers and other staff.”

Stagnation is no answer to the problems we all face in today's Sad New World.
Its the practical (aka cynical) accoutant in me that thinks this person has it summed up right
Lorraine Gradwell, former chief executive of the Manchester-based DPO Breakthrough UK, said the changes appeared to be about “offloading sections of the business that are falling out of favour or failing to make money, dressed up as a change of mission and direction”.
It's simply costing them too much money to actually run Homes and services and it will be cheaper to 'campaign and provide support online'
A sad day for their current residents and service users as i dont think anyone will want to buy loss making Homes and services, after all that's what charities are for
A sad day for their current residents and service users as i dont think anyone will want to buy loss making Homes and services, after all that's what charities are for

The precise role of a " Charity " .... what SCOPE " Appears " to be trying to achieve will be inconsistent with that banner .... nothing to prevent them having a traditional charity arm UNLESS they are planning something along the lines of a total metamorphosis without the required expetise to do so ?

Bottom line ? Seems " Odd " that they are jettisoning their clients who will now have to rely on the free market prevalent throughout the social care system.

If securing donations to match outgoings is the real problem , perhaps they should look at their own structure first rather than palm off their true charity activities ? What's their salaries bill for example if they are run by paid " Mercanaries " as opposed to professional qualified ( In disability relating fields ) volunteers ?

Definately one to keep a close eye on .... pathfinders or Judases .... only time will tell.
Chief Executive .... Mark Atkinson .... 21 July ... a VERY interesting take on a " Charity's " role in today's Sad New World :

https://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views ... ial-impact

The question of ‘relevance’ is pertinent to many charities and not-for-profit organisations. It is certainly a question facing parts of our sector.

For Scope, we found the answer by redoubling our focus on our core purpose. Scope’s mission is to achieve an equal society in which all disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

This means our focus must be on achieving structural change within society—influencing public policy, law, markets and attitudes.

So now Scope has chosen to become a mission-led social business. We will focus resolutely on core mission and stop or exit or transfer everything else.

Worth a couple of minutes of any reader's time.

On first reading , somewhat visionary but .... a decade or so too late for any real change to be made ?

Only time will tell.

At least this charity is not burying it's head in the sand.


For staff and clients , the downside :

http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/scope-plan ... le/1440185

Scope plans to cut two-thirds of staff and reduce income by 40 per cent

Over the coming months, says Atkinson, the charity, which employs 3,295 people according to its accounts for the year to the end of March 2016, will transfer all of its regulated and day services to other providers, which will invest, develop and grow them over the coming years.

He writes: "So much of the estate and current services offer that was built over the decades following the birth of the National Spastics Society [Scope’s name until 1994] will no longer be part of the organisation.

"In transferring, we hope to secure the future of these valued services – they do, after all, deliver great outcomes to those that use them, but it would be difficult to argue they achieve Scope’s core purpose of everyday equality for all disabled people.

"This move will also allow Scope to refocus on doing less, reaching more and having greater impact. It will, however, mean an initial reduction in our annual income by 40 per cent and see the number of employees reduce by two-thirds."
A little more on this one .... Stella Smith , Third Sector .... looks at the position of SCOPE in the market place :

http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/stella-smi ... le/1440606

However, perhaps the most fundamental assumption that Scope is challenging is the belief that charities in their existing form will be around for the foreseeable future. Painful though it is to think that we might not always be relevant, we need to keep asking ourselves if how we are operating is the best way to achieve our purposes. We also need to get better at talking about exit strategies and at what point we close down or withdraw from providing some services.

It won’t be plain sailing for Scope. Undoubtedly, it will have misjudged some aspects and will face resistance: such a massive change cannot happen without some turmoil. But putting aside the inevitable difficulties, one has to admire any organisation that bravely refutes established practice, believes there is a better way of doing things and puts its money where its mouth is. After all, isn’t that what the charity sector is all about?

As mentioned earlier , one to keep an eye on from more than one perspective.
We will witness more and more mergers in future