Everyone can be involved in ordinary community life, that both individuals and communities have something to contribute, and that many communities are capable and willing to “step forward” to welcome each person’s gifts, talents, and contributions.
In order for people to live a good life, they need to take on roles in the community that are viewed positively and valued. This is especially true to those that are considered devalued by society. Valued roles are the everyday roles of ordinary life and are based on our individual interests, skills and gifts.
Everyone has the right to human dignity and full citizenship. And that people are empowered when they have a voice in the communities they belong to and to whom they matter. We are motivated to see that all people are appreciated for their uniqueness, included in their communities and respected as fellow humans.
Individuals and communities that focus on the “Glass Half Full”, who value relationships, and believe in community led action can open the door to a plethora of possibility and create better lives for all citizens.
When people interact with us it is important that they feel:
Inspired about what is possible,
A purpose and meaning in their life
That they truly have something valuable to contribute
A sense of belonging to and being part of local community life
Confident in their ability to direct their own life, and
Respected and supported to take risks and make decisions.
We partner with individuals and communities to:
Discover their gifts and talents
Explore their communities on a deeper level,
Find and/or create valued role opportunities aligned with the person’s gifts and talents where their contributions are welcomed and supported, and
Create meaningful relationships with people in their local communities.
Build stronger, more inclusive communities
Identify, establish, and maintain valued roles
Towards Better is a community organization whose mission is to discover, connect, and mobilize the assets, skills, and passions of individuals and communities.
Towards Better is shaped by our core values which guide everything we do. We value:
Relationships: Freely given, reciprocal relationships based on mutual respect, expertise and friendship. We value “Power with” relationships not “Power Over”.
Citizens at the Centre: The most important thing is the people. We value the 7 Keys of Citizenship: Community, Freedom, Home, Life, Love, Money, and Purpose.
Leadership: Embracing and leading change. Pursuing growth, learning, and “The Good Life”
Mutual Trust: Honouring the trust given to us by those who we work with and giving trust with no expectations.
Letting Go: We value “letting go” of people so that community can truly be found.
Individuality: There are no “Cookie Cutter” approaches to our work and nothing involves a program list.
Partnerships: Together everyone achieves more.
Our vision is a world where all individuals are involved in ordinary community life and communities “step forward” naturally to welcome their valued gifts, talents, and contributions.