Our vision and values

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We have revised our Sense Charter which comprises our vision, values and 'I' statements.
(Revised September 2012)

Our Vision

A world in which all deafblind children and adults can be full and active members of society.

Our Purpose

To support and promote the interests of people who are deafblind, multi-sensory-impaired, or who have a single sensory impairment with additional needs.

Our Values and the 'I’ statements

Our values underpin our vision and purpose, as they guide us in all that we do:

  • Honesty in how we behave
  • Aspirational in our approach
  • Accountability for our actions
  • Recognition of peoples contribution and worth
  • Trust in each other

The ‘I’ statements put these values into effect and describe our behaviours and expectations. They are inclusive and apply to us all, staff, trustees, deafblind people, families, and our behaviour to colleagues in other agencies. They also flow into practice, through induction, training, information materials, policies and staff performance. They are set out below.

The ‘I’ statements

I will listen to others
By whatever means something is communicated to me: by gesture, facial expression, body tension or posture, sign language, objects of reference, in writing or voice, I actively listen.

I will understand and respond
I try to the best of my ability to understand what is being communicated to me and I always respond in a timely and respectful way.

I will respect others
I respect and treat others as I would wish to be respected and treated myself.

I will be honest and open
I am open about the reasons for my actions and I give my honest opinion knowing that it will be respected.

I will participate and contribute
I participate to the best of my ability and contribute willingly and freely.

I will take informed risk
I consider the benefits of taking a risk as well as what might happen if things go wrong. Where possible I seek to manage risk rather than avoid it.

I will find things to celebrate
I recognise that all achievements, no matter how small they might seem to me, are cause for celebration.

No decision about me, without me
I always seek to involve individuals in coming to decisions that affect them.

First published: Friday 23 March 2012
Updated: Tuesday 4 February 2014