As we plan for 2020, writing funding bids, liaising with potential partner charities, local councils, schools and universities to help more people, and heritage organisations, we are often asked similar questions about what we do, why and for whom. So, during this political time, we thought we would write our own manifesto to highlight the key points to our charity:

  1. We help people who are vulnerable, socially isolated or disadvantaged to improve their situations, and we also work to prevent people from becoming disadvantaged. Our terms of support are deliberately vague as we wish to  avoid a situation where someone is prevented from seeking  our help because they, or someone else, has judged their  situation not worthy of assistance
  2. The aim is to improve someone’s sense of well-being and to provide personal development opportunities that include learning new hard skills and enhancing softer skills, all of which can improve one’s employability prospects. Whilst our members have problems they wish to resolve, it is not envisaged that their mental health will require medical intervention during their time with us
  3. Support is offered through the medium of archaeology and heritage projects, chosen due to their being suitable projects for anyone regardless of age, race, gender, ability, socio-economic status, or any other factor that may leave someone living within the margins of mainstream society
  4. We are not, however, an archaeology or heritage charity, we remain primarily focused on well-being and personal development. This does mean that participants must be  ready to fully engage in activities that are designed to  support their transition into employment, (personal projects, academic study, voluntary roles,  part, or full time, careers)
  5. Our ‘staff’ are not paid salaries, however we do aim to pay people a day rate for managing projects
  6. We partner with university archaeology departments, commercial archaeology businesses, and regional heritage organisations to ensure projects meet professional standards
  7. We believe in an evidence-led approach aiming to be subjected to independent academic research to inform best practice