Moving Forward’s New Constitution

Moving Forward Group – Constitution 2018

1. Name

The group shall be known as “Moving Forward Group”.

2. Aims and Objectives

The aims of “Moving Forward Group”, (from now on referred to as “the group”) shall be:

2.1 To provide peer support groups to improve the mental health & wellbeing of individuals within various communities and social groupings.

2.2 To create a safe environment for those enduring poor mental health to support each other and share knowledge.

2.3 To create a strong sense of community for those enduring poor mental health.

2.4 These aims will be achieved by:

a) Never charging a fee for membership.

b) Providing community leadership & insight for those with poor mental health.

c) Support individuals to act responsibly, address their poor mental health, and to feel respected & valued.

d) Providing facilitated meetings in a range of locations following the “Moving Forward” recovery structure, (see appendix 1).

e) Creating networks of members for mutual support and sharing knowledge.

f) Establish partnerships to enable constructive “social prescribing”.

g) Providing mental health training and support to enable members to develop personal recovery & maintenance plans.

h) Providing practical support and opportunities to enable members to be as socially active as possible.

i) Raising funds and holding a bank account to support the above activities.

j) Training Members to be facilitators and support them to run meetings.

k) Assisting other organizations, through partnerships, to develop mental health support for their members.

l) Confront the causes of poor mental health & stigma, by identifying, challenging, and campaigning as necessary.

3. Membership

3.1 Membership of the group shall be open to anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to respect and support the group agreement (see attached appendix 2) and interested in helping the group to achieve its aims.

3.2 In exceptional circumstances membership may be withdrawn from individuals who persistently breach the group agreement. Decisions on removal of membership will be made by the committee. The member effected will have the right to appeal the withdrawal of membership.

3.3 The Secretary shall maintain a register of all current Members, of all groups.

4. Management

4.1 A Committee will be appointed from members to manage the group’s activities in line with the group agreement.

4.2 Committee members will usually be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

4.3 The Committee will consist of a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary (the Officers) and up to 8 additional members, to a maximum of 11. Members will be encouraged to build confidence and learn new skills by “sharing” Officer posts as Vice-Chairman, Vice-Treasurer and Vice-Secretary, etc.

4.4 Any person who is paid for services by the Committee can only attend a Committee meeting if invited to do so. Also;

a) Any person who is paid for work organized by the Committee may not be members of the Committee.

b) It is aspirational that Facilitators who are paid for their services will not be members of the Committee. However, until there are funds to pay Facilitators, they are welcome to act constructively to develop the Group by being Committee Members.

4.5 The Committee will always seek to make decisions by consensus.

4.6 The Committee will meet at least 3 times per year, and hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) once per year within 15 months of the previous year’s AGM.

4.7 At least 3 Committee members must be present for meetings to take place.

4.8 The role of Committee Officers is a purely voluntary position. Officers are not entitled to receive expenses or fees for work undertaken by the group.

4.9 Officers shall be appointed by election at the AGM and shall hold office until their successors are appointed at a subsequent AGM. Any vacancies that occur between AGMs shall be filled by appointments made by the Committee.

4.10 The group shall not be wound up except by a resolution of three-quarters of those present at an Extraordinary General Meeting called for that purpose. In the event of a winding up of the group, any remaining funds shall not be distributed among the members of the Group but shall be devoted to objectives similar to those of the Group.

5. Finances

5.1 The Treasurer shall present a statement of the accounts of the group at the AGM. Accounts are to be inspected by an independent person and confirmed as an accurate summary of income, expenditure, assets and liabilities. The Club shall not be run for the private profit of any member or members. Any balance at the end of the year shall be carried over and devoted to the Objects of the group.

6. Alteration of Rules

6.1 No alteration of rules by addition, amendment or rescission shall be made except at a General or Special General Meeting of the group, provided also that the motion be supported by at over two-thirds of the members present at the meeting.

6.2 No amendment shall be made which would cause Moving Forward to cease to be a not-for-profit organization.

This constitution was agreed on:

Date

By the following members:

Name, Committee Role, Signature

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