Complaints

Whilst we hope that we provide a good service to all our participants, sometimes we may get it wrong and we would like to hear from you if you are not satisfied with any aspect of Dance Base.

This document explains our complaints procedure which is accessible to all our customers on an equal basis. Our approach will be to try to put things right quickly and politely. Making a complaint will not affect the level of service you receive from Dance Base.

If you have a concern about the behaviour of staff, teachers or other users of the building towards you, you may also want to consult our Safe Space Policy.

Stages in our complaints procedure:

Stage 1
Contact Dance Base via email dance@dancebase.co.uk or in writing to Dance Base 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU, giving details of what you wish to complain about. You can also make a complaint through a phone call or voicemail at the number 0131 225 5525. We will inform you that we have received it within three working days. The appropriate member of staff will investigate your complaint with the aim to settle the complaint as quickly as possible. Please tell us how you would like to be contacted to receive our response.

In most cases you will receive a full reply to your complaint within 10 working days of making the complaint. If we cannot give you a full reply in this time, we will tell you why and inform you of when you are likely to receive it.

Stage 2
If you are dissatisfied with the response you receive from the member of staff you may ask us to review the complaint by emailing dance@dancebase.co.uk with the word ‘Complaint’ in the email subject. You must request Stage 2 within 10 working days of receiving our response to Stage 1. Please put in writing:

• What happened
• When it happened (dates and times)
• Who dealt with you; and
• What you would like us to do to put it right

The decision will be given to you in writing 10 days after receiving your request for Stage 2.

Stage 3
If you are still unhappy, your complaint will be put to Dance Base’s Chief Executive to review. We may ask you to attend a meeting with us to discuss your complaint in more detail. We would send you a written record of the meeting and a formal reply to your complaint from the Chief Executive of Dance Base. This will take place 10 working days after Stage 3 was requested.

Stage 4
If the matter is still not put right to your satisfaction, you may appeal to the Dance Base Board of Directors. We may ask you to attend a meeting with a representative of the Board to discuss your complaint in more detail. We would send you a written record of the meeting and a formal reply to your complaint from the Board of Dance Base. The meeting would take place a maximum of 15 days after stage 4 has been
requested, and you would receive a written response10 working days after the meeting.

Stage 5
If you are not satisfied with the Board’s response, you can refer your complaint to OSCR – Scottish Charity Regulator. OSCR has a charity concern form and looks into complaints about charities whether they are from the public, the media or another regulatory body. In most cases the Charity Commission will seek to work with the charity to set things right. If a problem appears to be serious or complicated, the commission may carry out further enquiries to establish the facts and decide what action is necessary to remedy it.

Your personal information
If you use our complaints procedure, you are agreeing that we can use any personal information you send us for purposes connected with your complaint. We will only give your personal information to other people and organisations if you have given us permission to do so.

Equal opportunities
We are committed to equal opportunities and take complaints about discrimination seriously.

Comments and suggestions
We hope that your concerns can always be resolved through the stages 1 – 3 of the procedure above. However, we welcome comments and suggestions that can help us improve our services. The feedback we obtain from our customers will help us to continue to improve our service.