Who We Are:
The Springfield Project is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee set up by St Christopher’s Church to help show God’s love in our community through practical service and action.
To strive for every child, young person and adult in our community to have the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. This extends to every member of staff and volunteer who helps out in any of our services.
As an expression of the church’s mission, all aspects of our activities should reflect the love, compassion and forgiveness which Christians believe are most perfectly displayed through Jesus Christ. Jesus says: “I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.” John 10:10
We seek to live out the example of Jesus, who welcomed everyone, listened, and served others and wanted us all to grow to experience life in all its fullness. His early followers ordered things carefully to care for others. For more information about scriptures that inform our Christian ethos, see Matthew 25:31-40, Mark 10:45, John 10:10, and Acts 6.2.
Our values, rooted in our faith, may be shared by others too and we work in partnership with others to achieve our aims. We celebrate that Christians are not the only people motivated to work for the good of the community. As a place of practical compassion where many people gather, we are glad to learn together with others how they live out their values and faith.
Our values define how we deliver our services. In seeking to show God’s love in the community, we expect all who represent the Springfield Project to share our values:
Welcoming and inclusive:
We seek to provide a safe space for our community where all are welcome. We embrace diversity, celebrating the way in which people of different faiths or no faith can work together to bring about positive change in the lives of individuals and the community. We treat all who come to the Project with respect and warmth and recognise each person as an individual.
We recognise and value the unique insights and experiences of members of our community. We seek to ensure that the views of all those who have an interest in the Project inform the continuous development of our services.
We seek to contribute to the transformation of the lives of individuals, families and the wider community. We show compassion in our work, and strive to meet people at their point of need. We seek to get alongside people to share their stories, and offer support.
Our community deserves the best we can give them, therefore we recruit professionally qualified staff on the basis of their skills, knowledge and experience. We welcome and value the contribution of our trained volunteers who greatly enhance our services. We have policies and procedures in place to help us achieve our aims and objectives.
We look for the best in people and seek to empower them to use their strengths to take charge of their own lives and to support others. We are all on a journey of life-long learning. We learn through our daily life and work, as well as through discussion, reflection, practice and education. We accept mistakes and apologies, and encourage others by showing change and growth in ourselves.