How to Declare?
As an established organisation you will need to discuss the process with your board, leaders or stakeholders. Here are some steps you might take:
Step 1: Do we all understand the Emergency? Do we have a sense of what it means for each of us? How will it affect the mission and longevity of our organisation?
Step 2: What impact do we hope to make by declaring? Who do we hope to influence? What ultimate change do we want to see?
Step 3: What do we have to offer? What do we have to offer to our local civic institutions and communities in this Emergency? Your assets can include people, qualities of practice, ideas and values, not just resources.
Step 4: What actions can we take beyond a declaration? How will we show our pledges are meaningful? What changes are we willing to make to respond to the Emergency?
Step 5: Do we all agree that we should go ahead? Use an inclusive process to agree, taking time to consult and involve stakeholders, and consider funders. For charities, the Board of Trustees would need to be confident that any declaration or related campaigning "must be undertaken by a charity only in the context of supporting the delivery of its charitable purposes. You could add to your Declaration text a form of words such as "the Emergency endangers our ability to deliver [insert charitable objective] because [insert reasons]". If we can’t reach agreement as a whole, can smaller teams or individuals get support to take some action?
Step 6: How will we make the declaration? Will we want to use the CDE Declaration Text or adapt it? How will we announce it?
However creative you want to be in your announcement, please work with us so that we can capture and share news on who is declaring. Register with us using this form. Use the kitemarks we've supplied. We can include you in press releases, open letters, or celebratory events such as the launch that took place on 3rd April 2019. If you all agree you're not ready, commit to returning to the decision.
Step 7: How will we evaluate it? How will we check in to maintain action and see if it is having an impact? How will we review change at all levels, including operations, programming, partnerships and ethos? Who is responsible amongst us?