Since The Benjamin Foundation was established in 1994, we have grown from a small organisation carrying out youth work in North Norfolk, to one that now works across Norfolk and is expanding into Suffolk and other neighbouring counties.

In the early days, with a small staff team all working in the same office, it was easy to develop a common way of working and an ethos about how The Benjamin Foundation should operate. Often our team referred to our charity having a family feel.

In 2008 we began to expand around Norfolk as we identified ways we could help more children, young people and families. This of course meant that our staff team grew, with many working from home or other locations. By 2014 we had 200 staff, and we felt it was important that we documented our values so that all staff really understood what our charity was all about – not just what we do, but how we do it.

We started this process at our annual staff away day in June 2013. Staff took part in discussions to define our ethos, culture and values. From there, a group of staff representing different services and levels developed this further. This work was completed in 2014 and our values, which embody the spirit of The Benjamin Foundation, are shown below:

1. We treat everyone as an individual

2. Our service users – the people we support – are at the heart of everything we do

3. We believe in delivering high quality

4. We are business-like and professional

5. We put our heart and soul into everything we do

The only way I can describe is - I feel like I've been set free.

Young person supported by our Housing and Homelessness service

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