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Constitution of MEG

NAME

The name of the organisation shall be MEG. (Motivational Empowerment Group)

AIMS

The aims of the Group shall be to create a self help and awareness group for people who are affected by CFS/ME. To empower people to take an active part in their re-enablement and management of the condition. To encourage socialisation, intervention, knowledge/experience sharing in a beneficial way to help others.

To support local people and their families with a condition which is not widely recognised as a genuine disability.

To promote knowledge and awareness which is necessary for society/communities to understand and acknowledge the debilitating fluctuations of symptoms that prevent sufferers from living a “normal” life.

To bring awareness of CFS/ME to the public via media sources using resources that promotes development of new skills and knowledge within the group and community.

To be responsible for successfully executing the aims of the group and being respectful of confidentiality within it.

POWERS

To further these aims the committee shall have power to:

(a) Obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method towards the aims of the Group.

(b) Associate local authorities, voluntary organisations and the residents of our local area in a common effort to carry out the aims of the Group.

(c) Do all such lawful things as will further the aims of the Group.

MEMBERSHIP

(a) Voting membership shall be open to anyone over the age of 16 who supports the aims of the group and who has been diagnosed or awaiting diagnosis.

(b) The Management Committee shall have the power to approve or reject applications for membership or to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member shall have the right to be heard by the committee before a final decision is made.

MANAGEMENT

(a) A Management Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall manage the Group.

(b) The committee shall consist of a chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and voting members agreed by committee.

(c) The committee may co-opt up and add voting members who shall resign at the next Annual General Meeting.

(d) The committee shall meet at least 2 times each year.

(e) At least 3 committee members must be present at a committee meeting to be able to make decisions ie Chair, Sec.munity Groups

(f) A proper record of all transactions and meetings shall be kept (minutes).

GENERAL MEETINGS

(a) An Annual General Meeting shall be held within 12 months of the date of the adoption of this constitution and each year thereafter.

(b) Notices of the AGM shall be published three weeks beforehand and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at the same time.

(c) A Special General Meeting may be called at any time at the request of the committee, or by not less than one quarter of the membership. A notice explaining the place, date, time and reason shall be sent to all members three weeks beforehand.

(d) One third of membership or four members being present, whichever is the greater, shall enable a General Meeting to take place.

(e) Proposals to change the constitution must be given in writing to the secretary at least 28 days before a general meeting and approved by a two thirds majority of those present and voting.

ACCOUNTS

(a) The funds of the group including all donations, contributions including fund raising and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee. All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least two members of the Management Committee.

(b) The funds belonging to the group shall be applied only to further the aims of the group.

(c) A current record of all income, funding and expenditure will be kept.

(d) All monies raised or collected will be used only to benefit the groups actions or requirement needs. Voluntary and Community Groups

DISSOLUTION

(a) The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple two thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting.

(b) If confirmed, the committee shall distribute any assets remaining after the payment of all bills to other charitable group(s) or organisation(s) having aims similar to the Group or some other charitable purpose(s) as the Group may decide. 

Members of the group agree to abide by the constitution in return for rights given in the constitution.

Members will be entitled to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and be entitled to vote as part of their membership.

The committee will adhere to the principles of Data Protection and GDPR, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 2018, with all members contact details. This means personal data is safeguarded and cannot be used without their consent.