Committee Constitution

Constitution

 

Name of Organisation:       Sen Talk

 

Adopted on:                         05 March  2016

Aims:

  1. To encourage parent networking
  2. Raise awareness of social communication disorders in children of compulsory school age
  3. Support parents assess appropriate information and support during diagnosis and Education Health Care Plans process and assess to education
  4. Work closely with parents to encourage empowerment and successful parenting through workshops and events (outside agencies may provide training opportunities)
  5. To Tackle every day worries around raising a child with disabilities (example; sleep problems, feeding advices, health and nutrition, sensory integration, behaviour and management techniques)
  6. To promote positive communication between schools, Senco’s and parents through outreach work and events
  7. Improve facilities for children with social communication disabilities and to address social isolation in these cases
  8. Promote integration and fair opportunities for children on the Autistic Spectrum (particularly high functioning) and other social communication and neuro-developmental conditions where difficulties are not always obvious
  9. Change society’s impression around Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and related behavioural conditions

Powers In order to achieve its aims the Group may: 

  • Raise money
  • Open bank accounts
  • Take out insurance- For specific events as and when needed (example; Tens licence)
  • Employ staff- Initially all roles are voluntary, but we may need to sub-contract for certain events in the future
  • Acquire and manage buildings- We are renting the Kambala Community Hall, 126 Fawcett close, SW11 2LU – This is the SEN Hub.
  • Organise courses and events
  • Work with other groups and exchange information

SEN Talk has already formed relationships with support services and disability support service within the borough. This will continue to grow and we will always consult the professional team as an when it is needed

  • Do anything that is lawful which will help it to fulfil its aims
  • Contact appropriate agencies when necessary; maintain safeguarding responsibilities to children, families, workers and volunteers

Membership for Volunteers, trustees and support advisors

  1. Membership of the Group shall be open to any person over 18 or any organisation living or located in the Wandsworth Borough area who is interested in helping the Group to achieve its aims, willing to abide by the rules of the Group and willing to pay any subscription agreed (currently none) by the Management Committee.
  2. Membership shall be available to anyone without regard to gender, race, nationality, disability, sexual preference, religion or belief.
  3. Every individual member and each organisation shall have one vote at General Meetings.
  4. The membership of any member may be terminated for good reason by the Management Committee but the member has a right to be heard by the Management Committee before a final decision is made.- We will follow the three step warning procedure.
  5. Each member shall attend a quarterly planning meeting, and shall volunteer and support at no less than three events per annum. Any member that fails to adhere may be subsequent to dismissal.

Each member shall read and agree the ‘Sen Talk, Code of Conduct’ 

 Finance

  1. Any money obtained by the Group shall be used only for the Group.
  2. Any bank accounts opened for the Group shall be in the name of the Group.

Any cheques issued shall be signed by the nominated official.

Annual General Meeting

  • The Group shall hold an Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) in the month of May.
  • All members shall be given at least fourteen days’ notice of the A.G.M. and shall be entitled to attend and vote.

The business of the A.G.M. shall include:

  1. receiving a report from the Chairperson (founder) on the Group`s activities over the year
  2. Receiving a report from the Treasurer (designated member) on the finances of the Group
  3. Electing a new Management Committee (trustees, roles and advisors) although, the first 12 months of the group, will allow voluntary members to join at any time provided the Management committee are in agreement.
  4. Considering any other matter as may be decided.
  5. Members will have to officially stand down at these meetings if resigning from post, and new members can be assigned

Special General Meeting

  1. A Special General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee or by any senior member on behalf of the management team to discuss an urgent matter.
  2. The Secretary shall give all members fourteen days’ notice of any Special General Meeting together with notice of the business to be discussed.
  3. All members shall be entitled to attend and vote.

 Dissolution

  1. The Group may be wound up at any time if agreed by two-thirds of those members present and voting at any General Meeting.
  2. In the event of winding up, any assets remaining after all debts have been paid shall be given to another Group with similar aims two-thirds of the committee must agree on appropriate organisation.

The Constitution has been agreed by trustees and committee members on Monday 10th May 2016 and an individual copy has been signed by each member.