Founded in 1862, RSAS has been improving the quality of life for disadvantaged people for 155 years. At the time of our 150th anniversary, in 2012, the Board of Trustees took the strategic decision to change the direction of the organisation to support family carers of people with dementia. Subsequently the decision was taken to focus on developing a National Resource Centre for Carers of People with Dementia.
RSAS is developing new and innovative support services for dementia carers to enhance people’s knowledge, understanding and caring skills. These services are being piloted over the coming months, and will be delivered through the national centre when this opens in 2019/20. Our aim is to support families in their caring role and to enhance dementia carers health, well-being and resilience.
Governance and management
RSAS is a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 216613) regulated by the Charity Commission, and a company limited by guarantee registered in England no. 515174.
The charity is governed by a Board of Trustees, who take overall responsibility for the charity supported by sub-committees and advisory groups. Trustees are responsible for furthering the charity’s overall purpose, as set out in our governing document, setting our direction and strategy and ensuring our work is effective, responsible and legal.
There are two sub-committees which operate under terms of reference set by the Board and report on their meetings to the subsequent Board meeting. These are:
- Finance, Investment and General Purpose Committee: oversees in detail the financial plans and performance of the organisation.
- Building Development Committee: oversees the process for procuring and fitting out a building for the planned RSAS National Resource Centre for Carers of People with Dementia Centre.
The day-to-day running of the Charity is the responsibility of the Chief Executive and staff team. With the change in strategic direction for the organisation, the staff team is operating in start-up mode in many ways, as the focus is on developing new services and facilities.