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Our Values

Our values underpin all the activities of the Sarah Foundation:

human beings, whether rich or poor, are to be treated equally, and are deserving of respect and dignity.

that the world is richer for its diversity of gender, age, race, language, beliefs and social class: all people are of equal value.

welfare activity should affirm human dignity, not detract from it.

young people can and should be encouraged towards active engagement, energetic involvement and genuine leadership, in the struggle against social ills, poverty and injustice.

women, children and marginalised groups should be supported in kind and realistic ways to alleviate depression, foster good community relations and solve problems in a lasting manner.

relationships, the ‘R’-Factor* is the glue through which people hang together and improve their communities. We engage personally and holistically with people. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ remedy to complex social ills.  We strongly discourage a “handout” mentality.

“Give a man a fish and he will eat one time; teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime”;.  We prefer to invest in sustainable long-term solutions rather than short term patch-ups. 

a co-creative, grass roots approach is adopted, a bureaucratic “top-down” model is shunned.  Our work reflects the distinctiveness both of the communities around us and of ourselves. We are in it together!

“No man is an island” –individuals, families and problems exist in community settings; worthwhile solutions take account of everybody, even the youngest or the ‘least significant.’

In a spirit of respect and honour for others, volunteers believe in ongoing trust, honesty, integrity and transparency between themselves and those with whom they interact.

* Schulter, Michael & Lee, David,’ The R Factor’. Hodder & Stoughton 1993.
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