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CONSTITUTION

1. Name


The name of the group shall be Everybody Hurts (EH).


2. Aims


The aims of the group shall be:


a. To help and support parents who are affected by child to parent abuse.


b. To help and support siblings who are affected by sibling abuse.


c. To help and support the perpetrators of child to parent and/or sibling abuse through signposting

to appropriate agencies.


d. To help and support anyone who is affected either in person, or by association with someone

who is affected by, child to parent and/or sibling abuse.


e. To provide a safe, secure and confidential environment for all to be able to discuss their fears

and concerns


3. Powers


The group shall have the following powers:


a. To raise funds and apply for, invite, obtain, collect and receive contributions, grants,

subscriptions, fees and loans.


b. To employ any paid worker or pay any agent to assist in the achievement of the aims of the

group.


c. To hire, rent, lease and own property and equipment necessary to achieve the aims.


d. To affiliate to any local or national group or association that the Management Committee

decides is appropriate, and disaffiliate from any group or organisation if continued affiliation be,

in the Management Committee’s view, against the interests of the group.


e. To do all such other lawful things as are necessary to achieve the above aims or any of them.


4. Membership


a. Membership of the group shall be open to organisations and individuals who are aged 18 years

and over, live within Derbyshire or are registered in Derbyshire and are affected either in

person or by association with someone who is affected by child to parent and/or sibling abuse

(full members).


b. Membership of the group shall be also be open to organisations and individuals who are aged

18 years and over, and who are interested in furthering the work of the group (associate

members).


c. Junior membership of the group is open to young people who are under 18 years of age, live

within Derbyshire and are affected either in person, or by association with someone who is

affected by child to parent and/or sibling abuse (junior members).


d. All members may attend the Annual General Meeting, but only full and associate members may

vote and be eligible for election to the committee. Organisational members shall only have one

per organisation.


e. The committee may terminate the membership of any member breaking the rules of the group

or bringing the group into disrepute. The member concerned shall have the right to be heard by

the committee before a final decision is made.


5. General Meetings


a. The Annual General Meeting (AGM)


i. The Annual General Meeting of the group shall be held once a year. This shall be held not

more than fifteen months after the holding of the preceding AGM or during June or July

each year.


ii. At least 21 days notice shall be given to all members.


iii. The business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting:


a) receive the Annual Accounts,


b) receive the Annual Report from the committee,


c) election of committee,


d) appointment of independent examiner/auditor (if necessary),


e) consider any motions.


b. Special General Meetings (SGM)


Special General Meetings may be called by the Management Committee (or by, e.g. 6

members signing a requisition) and all members shall be given a minimum of 21 days' notice

of the meeting with details of the business to be discussed.


c. Ordinary General Meetings


Ordinary General Meetings shall be held once a quarter to discuss activities and plans.

Members shall receive at least 14 days' notice of the meeting.


d. Conduct of all General Meetings (including AGM)

The meeting shall be chaired by the current Chair or substitute member. The quorum for

General Meetings is one fifth of the membership. Decisions shall be by simple majority of

members present and eligible to vote The Chair has a casting (second) vote in the event of a

tie.


6. Management Committee


a. A committee consisting of 3 officers, (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) and up to 5 other

members shall be elected at the AGM to manage the affairs of the group.


b. The Officers and Committee Members shall serve for a maximum of one year but are eligible

for re-election immediately.


c. The Committee may fill any casual vacancy on the Management Committee including vacancies

among the Officers and any person appointed shall serve until the conclusion of the next Annual

General Meeting.


d. The Committee may co-opt up to 2 persons on to the committee and they shall have full voting

rights. They shall serve until the next AGM.


e. The committee shall meet a minimum of 4 times per year (i.e. quarterly).


f. The quorum for a Committee is one third of its current number or three whichever is the larger.

Decisions shall be by simple majority and the Chair shall have a casting vote.


g. The Committee may establish such sub-committees as it feels necessary but such

sub-committees shall not enter into legal or financial agreements without the prior authority of

the Committee.


7. Funds and Finance


a. All funds shall be spent solely on the aims of the group.


b. A bank account shall be opened in the name of the group


c. All cheques shall be signed by 2 signatories (Treasurer and Chair) authorised by the

committee, none of whom shall be related or live at the same address.


d. The financial year shall run from 6th April to 5th April.


e. Regular financial reports on income and expenditure shall be made to the committee during the

year.


8. Amendments to the Constitution


Amendments to the constitution may be made only by a resolution passed by a majority of the members see section on General Meetings above) at an AGM or Special/Extraordinary General Meeting, of which due notice has been given together with the wording of the proposed amendment.


9. Dissolution


A resolution to dissolve the group must be passed at a Special General Meeting or by special resolution at an Annual General Meeting and must be carried by a simple majority of members present and eligible to vote. The Chair shall have a casting (second) vote in the event of a tie. Any assets of the group after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities (including seeking the agreement of relevant funders) shall be given or transferred to an organisation with similar aims.


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Adoption of the Constitution



This version of the constitution was adopted on 3rd June 2014



Signed: _______________________ Sarah Swift Chair


Signed: _______________________ Jean Walker Secretary


Signed: _______________________ Susan Berwick Treasurer


          Signed: _______________________ Linda Stevens Committee Member

Original Signed by all