From Welfare to Prevention
With leading charity consultant Richard Sved, Catherine is conducting a review of the governance and welfare support functions of the Architects Benevolent Society which is going through a period of modernisation and development. This includes changing its articles to reflect a move towards an additional and complementary organisational objective of prevention in addition to relief, with a particular emphasis on improving mental health.
Our work includes devising a framework of provision which is in line with the revised articles, determining measures of quality, effectiveness and impact; and establishing a new committees structure as well as supporting trustees and staff in skills development. This review is informed by the experience of other property benevolent funds and research by Professor Donald Hirsch for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the Minimum Income Standard which is used as a guide by many welfare charities.