We accept that sometimes things go wrong and applicants may wish to complain about the service received from the Mountsorrel Community Support Fund.
Complaints may be related to the:
Application process involving a member of our staff
Decision-making process conducted by the trustees
Service received by a supplier
Do our best to resolve things, as soon as possible
Ensure that all complaints are given full and fair consideration
Ensure that all complaints are handled with due regard to individual needs
Learn from complaints to help us plan and improve our services
Many complaints can be resolved informally. In the first instance you should contact the Coordinator, who will try to sort the matter out.
If you are not satisfied, do not wish for an informal resolution, or wish to complain about a member of staff, you may raise a formal complaint.
Formal complaints must be made as soon as possible (and no later than three months after the event about which there is a complaint) in writing by email to the chairperson as follows:
Nicci Illett, Chair of Trustees
Please use the subject line Confidential: Complaint and address your email to Nicci Ilett, Chair of Trustees, c/o the Clerk to the Trustees: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have access to email, please call 07410 386483 and we will make arrangements for you to deliver a written letter of complaint.
The chairperson will ask a small group of trustees to investigate your complaint
You will receive an acknowledgement of your complaint as soon as possible
You may be contacted to make sure that we have understood your complaint properly
You may be interviewed by one or more trustees investigating your complaint
You are very welcome to have someone with you when your complaint is discussed
You will receive a written response to your complaint within 28 working days of us receiving it, or we will be in touch if we need to extend this timeframe for any reason
If a criminal offence is alleged, then the police will be informed.
In serious cases you may be able to complain to the Charity Commission. You can find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/complain-about-charity
Trustees appointed to investigate a complaint will examine all relevant issues, and decide on a suitable response.
In most cases, the outcome of the investigation and the decision will be reported to the full board of trustees at its next meeting, but will not be available for further discussion or debate. However, it may sometimes be necessary for the trustees investigating a complaint to seek views and a decision from the full board.