About Deep Roots (UK)

Deep Roots is a registered non-profit association with a vision to develop, enable and empower people to regenerate areas of their communities for long-term benefit for all.  The Deep Roots concept is based on encouraging people and organisations to give back time, experiences, money and other resources to their areas of origin.  We are a virtual organisation with 100% volunteers which means that all resources raised are used directly to achieve our mission.   That is to advance education, to relieve poverty and to promote sustainable development.

How we work with individuals…

Deep Roots provides tremendous opportunities for its individual members.  Individuals that share our vision sign up as members.  As a member you will have the opportunity to set up and manage projects that are close to your heart whilst being supported and trained by the Deep Roots network.  To find out more about membership please contact us using the details on the next page.

How we work with charities…

Charities that share similar vision to Deep Roots join us as Partners.  As a Deep Roots Partner we will work with you to promote the causes of your organisation within and outside our network.   If we have a similar project within an area you are already working at we will work to support you with our resources and our combined expertise so that resources are maximised and the aims are achieved.  To find out more about our projects or partnership with our organisation please use the contact details on the next page.

How we work with businesses/ other organisations…

Other organisations join us as Affiliate members.  As an Affiliate, we will work with your organisation on achieving its CSR objectives within particular regions whilst sharing knowledge and training staff on sustainable development.  There are more opportunities available for organisations willing to participate as affiliates. Please contact us using the details on the next page for more information.

What we would like you to do…

We would like to invite you become a member of Deep Roots.  As a Deep Roots Member you have the opportunity to:

  • Advertise on the network for volunteers (and our members are willing!)
  • Attend training programs that will aid in the efficient completion of your projects
  • Advertise for resources and raise funds
  • Network with like-minded communities across the globe
  • Share knowledge and know-how without the added cost of flying across the globe to do so thereby reducing your carbon foot print
  • Participate in the future direction of the community
  • Raise the profile of your organisation through the website, events and other Deep Roots activities
  • Contribute to the education of the general  public on sustainable development

 

What’s more we are offering you a free membership.

Deep Roots is a network of individuals, businesses and organisations.  We encourage individuals to be socially responsible for where they come from or their communities of interest.  We do this by encouraging and facilitating them to set up their own projects whilst as a community we support these projects through the various resources available as a group. 

The Deep Roots Concept, in particular, is about doing things for free!  To do this we as a team are 100% volunteers (thus we operate at near zero cost base), our network is a group of individuals and organisations that support Deep Roots projects by contributing knowledge, equipment, volunteering to take on tasks that will enable the projects to progress.  Whilst we sometimes raise funds for certain projects we do not rely on funding as a primary source for Deep Roots projects.  Each entity on the network contributes in their area of expertise and in theory this means that they have not gone out of their way to make a difference rather by contributing little and working in cooperation they have benefited a community in need.  This also means that funds raised via the Deep Roots projects goes directly to beneficiaries.

To further enhance the process we encourage individuals to write up about their project and experience and this is published thus further enhancing the knowledge base.  Deep Roots is a knowledge exchange network.  With individuals and groups writing up and sharing lessons learnt from their projects other folks around the world are able to tap into this and consider running something similar for their own community of interest. 

We are also member-driven and educate our members by providing free training courses to enable them to have the skills required to run their projects effectively.  This way our members emerge from projects not only satisfied from contributing to their communities but also confident in their newly acquired skills that they are able to use elsewhere. 

To ensure sustainability of our projects we have set up a sub-network called Grace Roots.  The concept of Grace Roots is where possible to encourage participation of churches local to the area of benefit to join and support projects within that region.  This way when a Deep Roots member has completed their project they can hand over progress updates and reviews to such organisations so that the effected change is long-term.

We encourage you to spend time on the website learning more about us and we would love to hear from you.  Our projects are focused on poverty relief, education and sustainable development.  Our membership is free and we would love you to join us on this journey.

Our Vision

Deep Roots has a global vision for encouraging expatriates, people and organisations to give back time, experiences, money or other resources to their areas of origin.  DEEP ROOTS stands for Developing Enabling and Empowering People to Regenerate Origins Of Their Society.

Deep Roots does not necessarily differ from other charities in terms of its objects however; Deep Roots distinguishes itself via its means to achieving those objects as described in the mission.

 

Our Mission

To provide significant added value to Deep Roots projects (projects that meet Deep Roots ‘Objects’ criteria initiated within the organisation) , relief agency projects (projects that meet the Deep Roots criteria initiated by relief agencies) and other specialist charitable projects that meet the Deep Roots criteria worldwide; through the provision of specialist volunteer services including equipment, time, resources and other relief materials for long-term sustainability of the changes to be effected.

 

Our Values

The basic belief of the Deep Roots association is the adage that ‘from little acorns mighty oaks grow’.  Therefore the association will concentrate on making small but significant improvements that will build a culture of development within its communities such that these will evolve into lasting improvements not just in the infrastructure of a community but in relationships as well.

To state these explicitly Deep Roots values are:

  • Aid: We help people to help themselves
  • Giving back / Social responsibility: We encourage individuals and organisations to take responsibility and give back to/ invest in the communities they work / live in.
  • Participation: We a give our members a say in the way we run Deep Roots
  • Democracy: All members are entitled to vote
  • Fairness: We allocate resources in a fair and unbiased manner
  • Common purpose: We share interests and common purpose with our members
  • Transparency: All our members have visibility of the resources of the association and how it has been used to meet our objects.
  • Honesty: We are honest about what we do and in the way we do it
  • Not for profit: We will reinvest all received contributions right into the heart of meeting our objects.
  • Support: We will support other charities and communities in the relief of poverty, advancement of education, sustainable development and promoting Christianity.
  • Political affiliations: We will have no political affiliations
  • Religious affiliations: Religious affiliation is limited to the promotion of Christian values; however this does not mean that we will not support peoples of other religions.
  • Open membership: Our membership is open to everyone that shares our purpose.

 

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The Deep Roots Team and working group members are volunteer writers, developers, designers, administrators and managers who have worked together to take Deep Roots to new heights in its relatively short life. Deep Roots has some wonderfully talented people taking its 'free' concept to the forefront of industry. This concept is a major leap forward and represents the most exciting experiment in the history of development organisations.