Friends of the Lake District Complaints Policy

We are committed to high standards in everything that we do. We realise that sometimes we get things wrong and that not everyone will agree with what we do. We welcome feedback because it enables us to improve the services we offer and improve our communication to you. We promise to take all complaints seriously, and to deal with them in a confidential and timely manner. However, we won’t respond to feedback which is abusive, prejudiced, offensive or vexatious or which concerns an activity that Friends of the Lake District is not directly responsible for.

A complaint is a formal claim that Friends of the Lake District has failed to meet its organisational or other stated commitments or is not operating in accordance with a relevant law, regulation or Code of Practice. Complaints about the behaviour of Friends of the Lake District staff, trustees or volunteers will be dealt with according to our internal HR policies and procedures. In these cases, the detail of any outcome may need to be kept confidential.

We will ask for information from the complainant to ensure we understand the substance and cause of the complaint. We will ask for contact details (name, address, email and telephone number) and may note the relationship of the complainant to Friends of the Lake District (eg donor, volunteer, member etc).  We may ask you to put the complaint in writing.

To make a complaint, you can:

Call: Feedback team on 01539 720788

Email: [email protected]

Write to:

Feedback Team
Friends of the Lake District
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road

Complaints Process

We will try to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible. In most cases you should receive a full response within 10 working days; in more complex cases, we will send you an acknowledgement within 10 working days and provide a full response within 15 working days.

In the first instance the complaint will be considered and responded to by the person responsible for the issue being complained about.

If you are not happy with our response, you should write to the Chief Executive at the address above. Please explain clearly why you feel that your complaint has not been properly resolved and what it is that you want us to do. Your complaint will be reviewed and Friends of the Lake District's response sent in writing within 15 working days.

If you are still not satisfied with our responses you may wish to write to the Chair of Trustees of Friends of Lake District, c/o the address above. If there is still no resolution, you can complain to the Charity Commission, or if your complaint relates to marketing or fundraising, the Fundraising Regulator (addresses below).

The Charity Commission for England and Wales
Harmsworth House
13-15 Bouverie Street
Tel: 0300 066 9197


The Fundraising Regulator
2nd floor,
CAN Mezzanine Building,
49-51 East Road,
N1 6AH

Tel: 0300 999 3407
Email: [email protected]