School of Hard Knocks Voting Membership 

Membership is a common governance model in the charitable sector (over 80,000 UK based have adopted it) with the vast majority viewing it as a positive structure. The main benefits of a properly functioning membership are:

 

  1. The Trustees’ transparency and accountability is enhanced
  2. Membership gives those who join more clout / ‘weight’ as they advocate for the charity
  3. There is a relatively small yet consistent means of fundraising, implicit with membership
  4. Charities with memberships generally become better and more widely

 

In becoming a member of SOHK, you will be making a clear statement of support, helping to grow our reputation and crucially enabling us to offer our service to more people who need it.

 

Who can be members?

Membership is open to any individual (including trustees and staff) aged 18 and above who are committed to seeing the charity’s objectives fulfilled. There are no corporate memberships of SOHK.

 

What are the powers and responsibilities of members?

  1. Receive the accounts of the Charity for the previous financial year
  2. Receive the Trustees’ report on the Charity’s activities since the previous AGM
  3. Accept the retirement of those Trustees who wish to retire or who are retiring under the articles
  4. Elect Trustees proposed by the trustees to fill the vacancies arising
  5. Appoint auditors for the Charity
  6. Confer on any individual (with his or her consent) the honorary title of Patron, President or Vice-President of the Charity as proposed by the trustees
  7. May discuss and determine any issues of policy or deal with any other business put before them by the

 

What we stand for

Our Vision

A society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

 

Our Mission

To empower people to fully realise their potential.

 

Objective

To assist persons who may have need of support by virtue of poor health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage, in particular but not exclusively by the provision of facilities and programmes of physical, educational and other activities as a means of:

 

  • advancing in life and by developing skills, capacities and capabilities to enable persons to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals;
  • advancing education;
  • relieving unemployment;
  • advancing physical, mental and emotional health and well being

What are the membership fees?

Salaried: £10 per month

Concessionary (retired, unemployed or full-time student): £2 per month

 

Rules of SOHK Membership

1.  Membership

 

  • The subscribers to the memorandum are the first members of the charity;

 

  • The Charity must maintain a register of members;

 

  • Membership of the Charity is open to any individual aged 18 years and above who are interested in promoting the objects and who:

 

  • apply to the Charity in the form required by the Trustees;

 

  • are approved by the Trustees; and

 

  • sign the register of members or consent in writing to become a member

 

  • The Trustees may establish different classes of membership (including informal membership), prescribe their respective privileges and duties and set the amounts of any
  • Membership is terminated if the member concerned:
  • gives written notice of resignation to the Charity, unless after the resignation, there would be less than two members,
  • dies,

 

  • is more than six months in arrears in paying the relevant subscription, if any (but in such a case the member may be reinstated on payment of the amount due); or

 

  • is removed from membership by resolution of the Trustees on the ground that in their reasonable opinion the member’s continued membership is harmful to the Charity. The Trustees may only pass such a resolution after notifying the member in writing and considering the matter in the light of any written representations which the member concerned puts forward within 14 clear days after receiving
  • Membership of the Charity is not transferable;

 

 

2.              General Meetings

 

  • Members are entitled to attend general meetings either personally or by proxy. Proxy forms must be delivered to the Secretary at least twenty four hours before the meeting. General meetings are called on at least fourteen days’ written notice specifying the business to be discussed.

  • There is a quorum at an (annual) general meeting if the number of members present in person or by proxy is at least 5 or one quarter of the members (if greater).
  • The Chairperson or (if the Chairperson is unable or unwilling to do so) some other member elected by those present presides at a general meeting;
  • Except where otherwise provided by the Articles or the Companies Act, every issue is decided by a majority of the votes cast;
  • Every member present in person or by proxy has one vote on each issue

 

  • A written resolution is as valid as a resolution actually passed at a general meeting. For this purpose the written resolution may be set out in more than one document and will be treated as passed provided that:

 

  • a copy of the proposed resolution has been sent to every member;

 

  • it is contained in an authenticated written or electronic document which has been received at the registered office within the period of 28 days beginning with the circulation date

 

  • A simple majority or in the case of a special resolution a majority of not less than 75% has signified its agreement with the resolution;

 

  • A written resolution may not be used to remove a director or auditor;

 

  • The Charity must hold an AGM in every year;

 

  • At an AGM the members:

 

  • receive the accounts of the Charity for the previous financial year;

 

  • receive the Trustees’ report on the Charity’s activities since the previous AGM;

 

  • accept the retirement of those Trustees who wish to retire or who are retiring under the articles;
  • elect Trustees proposed by the trustees to fill the vacancies arising;

 

  • appoint auditors, proposed by the trustees, for the Charity;

 

  • may confer on any individual proposed by the trustees (with his or her consent) the honorary title of Patron

 

  • may discuss and determine any issues of policy or deal with any other business put before them by the

 

  • A General Meeting may be called at any time by the Trustees and must be called within 28 clear days on a written request from at least one quarter of the members
  • Any general meeting which is not an AGM is an EGM

 

For further information or to apply to become a member, please write to: [email protected]