Every month, our CEO Ian Merrill shares updates on Shannon Trust's work and future developments.
We are now seeing the green shoots of recovery across our operating environment, with more prisons moving to stage 3 and ‘lockdown’ measures lessening. This is good news as we look to re-engage with learners, mentors and prison staff. Keeping the recovery from COVID19 firmly in our minds, we’ve also been working hard behind the scenes to shape our new organisational strategy and I’m now able to share with you our ‘strategic intent’, or our direction of travel. We’ve looked at our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, the landscape we work across, and of course the needs of the people we support. As a result of that analysis, our board of trustees has now approved three key strands of a new strategy from January 2022. We want to;
We have much more work to do over 2021 to refine these key strands and agree our final strategic plan, but I hope people will agree that these strands make sense but are also ambitious in their aim. In order to make a new, ambitious strategy happen, we have also identified some important ways in which our organisation will need to develop;
Currently, we are carrying out detailed work on our purpose, vision, mission and values and it has been excellent to see the contributions from the Shannon Trust team during May. We will do more to test and refine these important ideas, that will eventually shape how we communicate with the outside world about our work – and future plans. I look forward to working with Shannon Trust stakeholders on these developments during the coming months.