Constitution

 NAME

The name of the organisation shall be Social Care Alliance Haringey

 

MAIN OBJECTIVE

 

To campign to ensure that all adults at risk, and their carers,  receive the  person centred health and social care support services that they need.

 

To acheive this objective SCAH will:-

 

  • We support the re-reinstatement of proper monitoring and support from local councils for all social workers,and all who work in the care sector.
  • We support the implementation of the appropriate statutory training for all those working in the care sector including social workers and all care and support workers and that this is evidenced prior to any agency/worker being employed to work, in any way, with those who require support.
  • We support adequate provision of day centres and other support services for vulnerable adults.
  • We support the (London) Living wage for all care and support staff working in social care, and demand that there should be adequate central government funding to make this sustainable in the long term.
  • We support the ending of all zero hour contracts in care/support services unless it's a real choice/decision from the employee, for example for students.
  • We support the rights of all individuals to have a decent quality of life, to include adequate support as required under the care act 2014

 

 

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)     Work with local authorities, voluntary organisations and the residents of Haringey 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 all organisations based in Haringey which support the aims of the group.

 

(b)   Each organization may be represented in meetings by up to four voting members.

 

(c)   Any individual over the age of 16 who supports the aims of the group can attend meetings and may take part in activities to further the aims of the group, such as liaising with other organisations, writing minutes or leaflets, etc. but shall vote on key decisions only if the chair permits.

 

(d)     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.

 

(e)   Each member organization shall pay a founder subscription of £5 and subscriptions shall subsequently be determined by the management committee from time to time, depending on the costs of hire of meeting venues and printing of any publicity required, as well as any funding that can be secured. Donations shall also be accepted from individuals.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

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

 

(b)     The committee shall consist of a chair, secretary, treasurer, and 5 other voting members and shall represent not less than 4 different organisations.

 

(c)     The committee may co-opt up to a further 3 voting members who shall resign at the next Annual General Meeting.

 

(d)     The committee shall meet at least 6 times each year.

 

(e)     At least 3 committee members must be present at a committee meeting to be able to make decisions.

 

(f)     A proper record of all transactions and meetings shall be kept by the Secretary (or if she/he needs a rest from this task, any volunteer to take his/her place on occasions who shall be approved by the meeting).

 

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 by the secretary three weeks beforehand and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at least 2 weeks beforehand.

(c)    Notices of meetings and other papers shall be distributed by e-mail unless a member has specifically requested a postal copy, an SMS text of brief announcements, or a voice recording delivered in a format s/he has discussed with the secretary.

(d)    Meetings should be held in a venue which is fully accessible to all members

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

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

(g)     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 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. The bank account shall be set up with three authorized cheque signatories, and a rule that any two of them can sign cheques or carry out other instructions or transactions.

 

(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 by the treasurer.

 

(d) An assistant treasurer shall be designated who can assist the treasurer or step into his/her place if necessary until a meeting can be held. This person shall be the third signatory to cheques amongst the three signatories notified to the bank.

 

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 pay all bills and then distribute any assets remaining 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.