Leadership & Management
We strive to build a community that recognises and responds with creativity, flexibility and openness to the variety and diversity of changing needs
The Lantern Governance
The members of the Lantern Community Board are both Trustees and Directors, responsible respectively to the Charity Commission and Companies House and are accountable for the “good governance” of the Lantern Community.
The Trustees meet together at least quarterly to review reports from management and to discuss matters such as the strategic direction of The Lantern Community, governance issues and certain financial matters. A number of Committees and Working Groups have been established to ensure that these matters can be properly addressed. A further two committees, Estate and Strategy, have been established to bring the total number of committees to six. These committees are seen as part of the ongoing structure of the community and membership consists of Trustees and members of the Lantern Management Group. A pattern of at least three meetings each year has been established with the dates for these three meetings being fixed well in advance to enable reports to be considered by a Trustee Board meeting within a few weeks.
Appointment and Training of Trustees
There must be at least five trustees at any time and no more than two may be coworkers. Trustees shall be proposed for appointment by the existing trustees. The Board seeks to have Trustees with a range of competencies and backgrounds, to allow it to effectively fulfil its role. An induction pack is provided for all Trustees and specialist training is carried out on topics such as governance from time to time as required.
The Lantern Community is managed and administered by a General Manager and many individuals with distinct responsibilities related to the professional requirements of the running of the community.
All hold qualifications relevant to their respective roles and have together accumulated a vast experience and knowledge of Social Care, Training, Accounting, the Arts and Crafts, Learning Disability and Camphill culture and ethos, to name but a few.
Qualifications and Training
All senior support staff related to residential care and support hold the relevant Health and Social Care qualifications. We provide training for all the care staff and volunteers to ensure they achieve the Care Certificate.
Many of our staff are in further training and we support them to attend the excellent care training facility at Bournemouth and Poole College.
We also provide training and refresher courses in Health & Safety, Emergency First Aid, Food Hygiene, Moving & Handling and Safeguarding. Training needs are reviewed regularly during supervision sessions; annual performance reviews for all staff reflect on both the individual’s learning goals and the needs of the organisation.
Governance and Administrative Details
The organisation is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 20 May 1999 and registered as a charity on 4 June 1999. The charity changed its name on 5 December 2012 from The Lantern Retreat to The Lantern Community.
The company was established under a Memorandum of Association, which established the objects and powers of the charitable company and is governed under its articles of association.
Principal Address and Registered Office:
The Lantern Centre, Folly Farm Lane, Ashley, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 2NN
Trustees and Directors
Alan Hollands – Chair
General Manager / Nominated Individual
Day Services Manager
Seahorses Location Manager
Estate & Maintenance Manager
Complaints, Concerns and Compliments
We want you to let us know if you have a comment to make, whether it is good or bad, on any aspect of the Lantern Community. We welcome suggestions as to how we can improve. We also want you to have the opportunity to talk to us about anything you feel should be brought to our attention. If you feel unable to do this by yourself, a friend or supporter can do this on your behalf.
You can always contact the main office and talk to the Management on 01425 460201 if you have concerns or you can look at the complaint policy via our website for further details.