Sensing Friends Constitution
The name of the Unincorporated Community Organisation (UCO) is [?] Sensing Friends
2. National Location of Principal Office
The principal office of the UCO is in [?England
3. Objects and Aims of Sensing Friends
3.1 To provide social and emotional relief of those in need in the uk, by reason of youth and disability who are vulnerable to social exclusion through experiencing any form of physical or emotional disability or additional need arising through circumstances. Sensing Friends aim is to bridge the gap between those young people experiencing this social exclusion and those young people who may engage in excluding others, through their own unconscious prejudices and misconceptions about difference and diversity.
3.2 To promote community participation in healthy creative recreation. By facilitating creative pursuits providing community education, promoting harmony and the lessening of conflict between young people by eliminating discrimination and promoting diversity in society. To offer the young service users a higher quality of life by creating friendships and a support network for the young people within and outside of the Sensing Friends set activity days.
3.3 Sensing Friends provides emotional support through therapeutic peer support groups and one to one support provided by trained, experienced counsellors, ecotherapists, creative youth practitioners and social workers.
3.4 The UCO provides an outdoor natural safe, nurturing space. This space allows these young people, and their peers, to enjoy being in nature together, connecting with themselves and their environment, bonding over shared experiences and learning to embrace and value each others differences as well as the wider community and environment they live in.
3.5 UCO advances the social and emotional well being of children and young people through any such means as the Trustees and members think fit in accordance with the the Aims and objects.
3.6 To gain and retain the support and trust of potential and existing charitable donors with the clear intention and firm commitment to utilise all resources in a manner which maximises the benefits we offer and deliver to our community
Sensing Friends has an equal opportunities policy and does not discriminate any individual. Please see our Equal Opportunities policy.
Peer support group membership Is open to anyone aged between 8 and 18 years old; and
• lives in Sussex or the surrounding area; and
• Can benefit from participating in the social and emotional supportive events and activities Sensing Friends provides.
Wider Membership is not limited to any age and is open to anyone including parents, family members, members of the community and professionals who support the cause and needs of Sensing Friends and/or the needs of its beneficiaries.
• Membership will begin as soon as membership is agreed with committee members and the registration form has been received.
Ceasing to be a member
Members may retract their membership at any time in writing to the secretary.
Any offensive behaviour, including racist, sexist or inflammatory remarks, will not be permitted. Anyone behaving in an offensive way or breaking the equal opportunities policy may be asked to leave the organisation. The individual concerned shall have the right to be heard by the management committee, accompanied by a friend, before a final decision is made.
Sensing Friends has equal opportunity, Safeguarding, data protection and health and safety policies. Sensing Friends upholds these policies at all times and all members will be informed of these policies and need to abide by them.
The policies will be reviewed annually and updated if necessary
Please see full policies attached.
5. committee members
The business of the group will be carried out by a Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee will meet as necessary and not less than four times a year.
The Committee will be composed of Officers, committee members and committee working members. There will be at least three unrelated committee members on the committee who will also participate in directing the organisation, including voting on essential issues that arise.
The committee working members will only receive payment for work related to delivering essential services related to the activities that directly support the service users of Sensing Friends and will not be paid for officer/ administrative or committee work they take part in .
All committee members and working members will be safeguarded by Access insurance cover which will protect them against any loss damages or professional liability. Please see details of insurance cover.
The committee members are as follows
William Berkeley Smith
Justin Lee Slaughter
The names of Officer roles within Sensing Friends are as follows.
Signature Penny Wright Date 07/12/17
Signature Justin Slaughter Date 07/12/17
Signature Peter Bowley Date 07/12/17
• In the event of an officer standing down during the year a replacement will be elected by the next General Meeting of members.
Any committee member not attending a meeting without apology for six months will be contacted by the committee and asked if they wish to resign.
The Committee meetings will be open to any committee member wishing to attend.
Decisions and Voting
6.1. Annual General Meetings
An Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held within fifteen months of the previous AGM.
All members will be notified in writing at least 3 weeks before the date of the meeting, giving the venue, date and time.
Nominations for the committee may be made to the Secretary before the meeting, or at the meeting.
At the AGM:-
• The Committee will present a report of the work of Sensing Friends over the year.
• The Committee will present the accounts of Sensing Friends for the previous year.
• The officers and Committee for the next year will be elected.
• Any proposals given to the Secretary at least 7 days in advance of the meeting will be discussed.
6.2 Special General Meetings
The Secretary will call a Special General Meeting at the request of the majority of the committee or at least eight other members giving a written request to the Chair or Secretary stating the reason for their request.
The meeting will take place within twenty-one days of the request.
All members will be given two weeks notice of such a meeting, giving the venue, date, time and agenda, and notice may be by telephone, email, post or Sensing Friends Social Media
6.3 General Meetings
General Meetings are open to Officers, committee members, working committee members and members and will be held at least a year or more often if necessary.
All members and committee members will be given two weeks’ notice of such a meeting, giving the venue, date, time and agenda, and notice may be by telephone, email or post.
6.4 Working Meetings
Working meetings are open to working committee members. If necessary Officers and outside consultancy may attend. These meetings will be made as and when needed by the working committee members.
6.4 Committee Meetings
Committee meetings may be called by the Chair or Secretary. Committee members must receive notice of meetings at least 7 days before the meeting.
The quorum for Committee meetings is at least 3 Committee members.
7. Rules of Procedure for meetings
All questions that arise at any meeting will be discussed openly and the meeting will seek to find general agreement that everyone present can agree to.
If a consensus cannot be reached a vote will be taken and a decision will be made by a simple majority of members present. If the number of votes cast on each side is equal, the officers of the meeting shall have an additional casting vote. If still undecided the chair will cast an additional vote.
An account will be maintained on behalf of the Association at a bank agreed by the committee. Two cheque signatories will be nominated by the Committee (one to be the Treasurer). The signatories must not be related nor members of the same household.
Payments over £200 will be signed by two of the signatories.
• For cheque payments, the signatories will sign the cheque.
• For other payments (such as BACS payments, cash withdrawals, debit card payments or cash payments), over £250.00, a requisition note will be signed by two signatories, and held by the treasurer.
Records of income and expenditure will be maintained by the Treasurer and Officers as well as outside specialist consultancy and a financial statement given at each meeting.
All money raised by or on behalf of Sensing Friends is only to be used to further the aims of the group, as specified in item 2 of this constitution.
9. Amendments to the Constitution
Amendments to the constitution may only be made at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.
Any proposal to amend the constitution must be given to the Secretary in writing. The proposal must then be circulated with the notice of meeting.
Any proposal to amend the constitution will require a two thirds majority of those present and entitled to vote.
If a meeting, by simple majority, decides that it is necessary to close down the group it may call a Special General Meeting to do so. The sole business of this meeting will be to dissolve the group.
If it is agreed to dissolve the group, all remaining money and other assets, once outstanding debts have been paid, will be donated to a local charitable organisation. The organisation will be agreed at the meeting which agrees the dissolution.
This constitution was agreed at the Inaugural General Meeting of Sensing Friends Group on:-