- making a contribution
- start where people are at
- having fun
The starting point for Outside the Box's work is our belief that Scotland has too many people who are marginalised and disadvantaged or because of their age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, or because they live in poverty or in an area which has few resources.
As a consequence, individual people do not have the same opportunities and choices that other people enjoy, and the community as a whole is poorer for the loss of those potential contributions.
We believe that people who are marginalised are part of the solution to these problems.
- Everyone can contribute to their community and to society if they have the right encouragement and support. One of the contributions we all make is our presence.
- Everyone's experience and ideas matter.
- The labels society puts on people do not change the contributions we are all able to make.
- There are benefits both to individual people, and to our communities, when all people are welcomed and included.
- Everyone has the right to have access to services and other supports which are relevant to our circumstances and choices, are delivered to high standards, and which treat us and other people with respect.
- Organisations are better at what they do when they listen to, act on and learn from the views and experiences of the people whom they are there to serve, and when they work in partnership with their communities.
- Action to make real, sustainable change happen starts from where people are, and works with their strengths, enthusiasms and priorities.
- We can all get ideas from what other people have done and what has been tried in other places. We can also all share what we have learned with other people.
- Society is stronger when we celebrate each other's contributions and value our own.