In the current climate of austerity, it would be tempting to go down the road of ‘gloom and doom’. There is no doubt that everyone is required to ‘tighten their belt’ and for an organisation like Chrysalis Care, which works on the basis of being inclusive and child centred, it presents challenges to us. Commissioners want to know what we are doing to save money….and understandably want to know whether we can do what we do for less? The challenges are for us all, as a cross sector, interagency team.
It is important to us to maintain our high quality service, to remain outstanding and to be true to our core ethos and identity. It is also important to remember to remain optimistic and hopeful in the face of adversity. By remaining optimistic, we are in a stronger position to be creative and responsive. To remember that what we are doing IS in the best interests of the child and that our belief in children and their rights to a positive experience and a future where they are able to realise their potential, is why we do what we do.
Doing more for less may be a challenge but doing more because children and young people deserve it is absolutely still the right thing to do.
Joanna Oliver, Strategic Development Executive