From Welfare to Prevention
With leading charity consultant Richard Sved, Catherine conducted 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 ongoing work with ABS comprises an implementation programme which will determine measures of quality, effectiveness and impact, establish a new committees structure, and support trustees and staff in skills development.
This review was informed by the experience of other property benevolent funds, for whom we ran a joint workshop on impact, as well as 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.