Every charity is required to have a set of ‘Objects’ which say why the charity was set up. Our current objects which have been agreed by the Charity Commission in July 2006 is:
The promotion for the benefit of the public of urban or rural regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation, in particular in the North East of England, by all or any of the following means:
- The relief of financial hardship.
- The relief of unemployment.
- The advancement of education, training or retraining, particularly among unemployed people, and providing unemployed people with work experience.
- The provision of financial assistance, technical assistance or business advice or consultancy in order to provide training and employment opportunities for unemployed people in cases of financial or other charitable need through help:
(i) in setting up their own business, or
(ii) to existing businesses.
- The creation of training and employment opportunities by the provision of workspace, buildings, and/or land for use on favourable terms.
- The provision of housing for those who are in conditions of need and the improvement of housing in the public sector or in charitable ownership provided that such power shall not extend to relieving any local authorities or other bodies of a statutory duty to improve housing.
- The maintenance, improvement and provision of public amenities.
- The preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance.
- The provision of recreational facilities for the public at large or those who by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances, have need of such facilities.
- The protection or conservation of the environment.
- The provision of public health facilities and childcare.
- The promotion of public safety and prevention of crime.
- The development of the capacity and skills of the members of socially and economically disadvantaged communities in the North East of England in such a way as they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society.
Such other means as may from time to time be determined subject to the prior written consent of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales.