GRASS Governance

We believe all social enterprise organisations should be accountable to the individuals and communities they exist to serve, and this includes ourselves! In particular, the work and decisions of our senior leadership team should be transparent, and we should actively welcome challenges to the status quo.

At GRASS Cliftonville CIC we commit to openly publish regularly, and in detail, on our successes, failures and what we are learning along the way, in ways that are accessible to the general public, as well as our colleagues and partners. This includes publishing more open data about our activities to inform and support others with the same strategic goals.

Organisation Structure

The Gordon Road Area Street Scheme (GRASS) was formed in 2003 as a constituted community group to address social issues and needs arising within the streets located around Gordon Road, and the wider Cliftonville community.

GRASS was incorporated as a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 18th September 2020. GRASS Cliftonville CIC is a social enterprise organisation, which means every penny of profit we make from operating The Oval Bandstand & Lawns is reinvested back into the venue to ensure it goes from strength-to-strength for the benefit of visitors and the local community.

Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is addressing a social or environmental challenge rather than creating profit for owners or shareholders. They bring together the entrepreneurial skills of the private sector and the values of public service. They deliver positive social impact through their means (i.e. how they conduct their work) and ends (i.e. what they achieve).

Financial Controls Policy

GRASS Cliftonville CIC’s annual accounts are prepared by a chartered accountant, and then formally submitted to Companies House each year.

To view our annual accounts and incorporation documents at Companies House please CLICK HERE.

All grant monies received by GRASS undergo thorough due diligence and are subject to extensive checks & reviews dictated by the terms & conditions of each funder.

Openness and Accountability

Principle: The management team at GRASS lead the organisation in being transparent and accountable. GRASS Cliftonville CIC is open in its work, unless there is good reason for it not to be (i.e. GDPR, commercially sensitive information, etc).

Rationale: The public’s trust that a social enterprise organisation is delivering public benefit is fundamental to its reputation and success, and by extension, the success of the wider sector. Making accountability real, through genuine and open two-way communication that celebrates successes and demonstrates willingness to learn from mistakes, helps to build this trust and confidence and earn legitimacy.

Key Outcomes:

  • The organisation’s work and impact are appreciated by all its stakeholders.
  • The GRASS management team ensures that the organisation’s performance and interaction with its stakeholders are guided by the values, ethics and culture set out in our policy documents.
  • The GRASS management team makes sure that the organisation collaborates with stakeholders to promote ethical conduct.
  • GRASS Cliftonville CIC takes seriously its responsibility for building public trust and confidence in its work.
  • GRASS Cliftonville CIC is seen to have legitimacy in representing its beneficiaries and stakeholders.

Other Policy Documents