New Mills Art Theatre

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Complaints Policy

New Mills Art Theatre aims to provide its stakeholders with the best possible service in line with its mission.  The theatre is loved and run entirely by volunteers. The theatre is totally self-supporting, financing the running and upkeep of the theatre through box office takings, membership fees, charitable donations and regular theatre hires.

We are committed to maintaining high standards across all aspects of our work.   If we are not getting it right, we want to know.

The Theatre is managed by a team of appointed Directors (all volunteers), with the support from Society (NMAODS) members. Whilst we take great care to ensure that we provide all our services efficiently, courteously and to a high standard, we accept that complaints may be made. A complaint is a valid expression of dissatisfaction and however it is made, by email, letter, telephone or verbally, we will investigate it and use it as a means to improve our standards of service.



Anyone we engage with. This includes audiences, participants, consultants and contractors. If a volunteer wishes to make a complaint, they should instead follow the In house grievance process.


Our aim is deal with any complaint as soon as possible. Many complaints can be resolved informally. In the first instance contact us and, if you feel able, speak to the member of staff (or team) with whom you have had contact or ask to speak to the relevant manager, who will try to resolve the matter.

You can do this in person, by telephoning 07747 887 315  or by email.

If you are not satisfied, or do not wish an informal solution, you may pursue a formal complaint.  Please put your complaint in writing and send it to: 


Administrative Director
New Mills Art Theatre
Jodrell St,
New Mills,
High Peak SK22 3HJ


All written complaints will be dealt with by our Administrative Director, or the person they feel can best respond to your concerns. We will acknowledge all written complaints within five days of receiving the letter/email, at which point your complaint will be investigated. You may be contacted to obtain any additional information that we may require to help us resolve the complaint. You will receive a response to your complaint within 28 working days of its receipt.

If, as a result of your complaint, disciplinary proceedings are taken against staff, an internal procedure will apply. You will be informed that disciplinary proceedings have taken place, but as these proceedings are confidential, you will only be informed of the outcome of your complaint outside of any disciplinary procedure.

If a criminal offence is alleged, then the police will be informed.


You can contact the Charity Commission for further information on making complaints about a charity.

Their website is