Constitution

THE SUE PEAPLE TRUST
2a Holmefield
Sale
M33 3AN
Tel 07902 427340
NAME
  The charity’s name is The Sue Peaple Trust
THE PURPOSES OF THE CHARITY ARE:
To empower people on the autistic spectrum and their families by funding projects such as, but by no means limited to the following:
  • To provide bursaries to education and clinical professionals to enable them to gain professional qualifications in autism
    To fund autistic children to access Riding for the Disabled, Forest Schools and similar.
    To work as an enabler with existing charities to fund projects like education help lines or advocacy services
    To make one off grants to establish autism sections within libraries and similar learning places

3. TRUSTEES

The Honorary President and Vice president of the Trust shall be established with the initial creation of the Trust. They shall be permanent ex officio Board members with full voting rights.

The charity shall be managed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the charity.
The minimum term for any elected Trustee is 4 years with a maximum of two terms in office, though re-election may be considered after a 2 year break.
4 CARRYING OUT THE PURPOSES
In order to carry out the charitable purposes, the trustees have the power to:
  • raise funds, receive grants and donations
  • apply funds to carry out the work of the charity
  • co-operate with and support other charities with similar purposes
  • do anything which is lawful and necessary to achieve the purposes
5 MEMBERSHIP
The charity shall have a membership.   People who support the work of the charity and are aged 18 or over, can apply to the trustees to become a member.  Once accepted by the trustees, membership lasts for 3 years and may be renewed.  The trustees will keep an up-to-date membership list. The membership fee is £5.
The trustees may remove a person’s membership if they believe it is in the best interests of the charity.  The member has the right to be heard by the trustees before the decision is made and can be accompanied by a friend.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – AGM
The AGM must be held every year, with 14 days notice given to all members telling
them what is on the agenda.   Minutes must be kept of the AGM.
                       There must be at least 3  members present at the AGM.
Every member has one vote.
The trustees shall present the annual report and accounts.
Any member may stand for election as a trustee.
TRUSTEE MEETINGS
Trustees must hold at least 2 meetings each year.  At their first meeting after the AGM they will elect a chair, treasurer and secretary.  Trustees may act by majority decision.
At least 3 trustees must attend the meeting to be able to take decisions. ‘Attendance’ includes the use of electronic  conferencing.   Minutes shall be kept for every meeting.
If trustees have a conflict of interest they must declare it and leave the meeting while this matter is being discussed or decided.
The trustees may make reasonable additional rules to help run the charity.  These rules must not conflict with this constitution or the law.
8 MONEY AND PROPERTY
Money and property must only be used for the charity’s purposes.
Trustees must keep accounts.  The most recent annual accounts can be seen by anybody on request.
Trustees cannot receive any money or property from the charity, except to refund reasonable out of pocket expenses.
Money must be held in the charity’s bank account.  All cheques must be signed by  2 trustees.
GENERAL MEETINGS
If the Trustees consider it is necessary to change the constitution, or wind up the charity, they must call a General Meeting so that the membership can make the decision.  Trustees must also call a General Meeting if they receive a written request from the majority of members.  All members must be given 14 days notice and told the reason for the meeting.  All decisions require a two thirds majority.  Minutes must be kept.
Winding up – any money or property remaining after payment of debts must be given to a charity with similar purposes to this one.
Changes to the Constitution – can be made at AGMs or General Meetings.  No change can be made that would make the organisation no longer a charity.
General Meeting – called on written request from a majority of members.
Trustees may also call a General Meeting to consult the membership

10 SETTING UP THE CHARITY

This constitution was adopted on  _____  2019  by the people whose signatures appear below.  They are the first members of the charity and will be the trustees until the AGM, which must be held within one year of this date.

Signed    Print name and address
________________________  ___________________________________________________________________
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