The remaining two member branches to complete their Minimum Operating Requirements (MOR) were celebrating at this year’s SDS AGM as they were notified they had been successful in their efforts to ensure that their branch was fully aligned to the SDS MOR criteria.
Perth & Kinross Disability Sport (PKDS) and South Lanarkshire Disability Sport (SLDS) have worked hard in improving their branch operations across the five main headings of the SDS Strategic Plan 2012-2017:
- Branch, Local & Regional Opportunities
- Developing Talent & Performance
- Education & Coaching
- Governance & Infrastructure
- Communication & Leadership
For Perth & Kinross this achievement has been an immediate positive by-product of their appointment of a professional officer (Caroline Ness) through their position as an official charity of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Lynn Melville – the current Chair of the organisation – said
“PKDS are delighted to obtain the branch Minimum Operating Requirements and provides us with a robust and strong structure behind the charity and allows us to continue with our exciting development plans. Well done to Caroline Ness for all her hard work and the branch trustees who have supported this process.”
For South Lanarkshire it is testament to the hard work undertaken by the board of trustees of the charity in making stronger links to the local authority and trust through Patrick Murphy the Development Services Manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture.
SDS had set a target of all branches achieving MOR before March 2017 and these presentations confirm this success well ahead of schedule. The process now continues with ongoing evaluations and a re-accreditation process to ensure branches remain fully fit for purpose.
Congratulations to PKDS and SLDS on their respective achievements.