Bradford Care Association – Constitution
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a. The name of the Association shall be the Bradford Care Association, hereafter referred to as “BCA”.
a. The objects of the Association shall be:
i. to provide representation for members directly concerned with the day to day provision of care, be it day care, domiciliary care, nursing or residential care, and to put forward the views and interests of its members to central, local government and public, private, voluntary and charitable bodies and to the media and general public.
ii. in representing members to negotiate with local government, NHS bodies with regard to service standards and fee payments;
iii. to identify and promote the highest standards of service in the provision of care and the best value service standards in improving the Bradford care services for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area.
iv. To encourage the exchange of ideas between its members and to co-operate with other persons or bodies having similar or sympathetic objectives where such co-operation will be for the benefit of its members.
a. In furtherance of the objects the Management Committee may exercise any lawful power of the association not limited to but including the following:
i. Invite and receive contributions and raise funds where appropriate, to finance the work of the Association, and to open a bank account to manage such funds.
ii. Publicise and promote the work of the Association and organise meetings, training courses, events or seminars etc.
iii. Work with Associations of a similar nature and exchange information, advice and knowledge with them, including cooperation with other voluntary bodies, charities, statutory and non-statutory organisations.
iv. Employ consultants, staff and volunteers (who shall not be members of the Management Committee) as are necessary to conduct activities to meet the objects.
v. Take any form of action that is lawful, which is necessary to achieve the objects of the Association.
a. Membership shall be open to any care provider with premises located within the geographic and political area of Bradford and who has expressed an interest in assisting the Association to achieve its aim wishes to and is registered with the Care Quality Commission.
b. Where it is considered membership would be detrimental to the aims and activities of the Association, the Management Committee shall have the power to refuse membership, or may terminate or suspend the membership of any member by resolution passed at a meeting.
c. Members shall have the right to appeal via an independent adjudicator determined by mutual agreement of the management committee.
d. Any member of the association may resign his/her membership by providing the Secretary with written notice.
a. The Association shall be administered by a management committee of no less than three (3) people and no more than seven (7), elected for a period of up to three years from the membership, but may be re-elected at the Association’s AGM.
a. The Association shall have a:
i. The Chairperson
ii. The Treasurer
iii. The Secretary
b. and any additional officers the Association to carry out the required activities.
a. The Management Committee shall meet at least three times a year or when necessary.
b. All Management Committee members shall be given at least fourteen (14) days’ notice of when a meeting is due to take place, unless it is deemed as an emergency.
c. The Management Committee may meet in person, by web conference or conference telephone call.
d. The quorum for the Management Committee is 3 members.
e. It shall be the responsibility of the Chairperson to chair all meetings or a designated deputy in his/her absence. All meetings must be minuted and accessible to interested parties.
f. General Meetings of the members shall enable the Association to discuss actions and monitor progress to date, and to consider future developments.
g. The AGM shall take place no later than three months after the end of the financial year. At least fourteen (14) days’ notice must be given before the meeting takes place.
h. All members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Voting shall be made by a show of hands on a majority basis. In the case of a tied vote, the Chairperson or an appointed deputy shall make the final decision.
a. Any money acquired by the Association, including donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the Management Committee in the name of the Association.
b. All funds must be applied to the objects of the Association and for no other purpose.
c. Bank accounts shall be opened in the name of the Association. Any deeds, cheques etc relating to the Association’s bank account shall be signed by at least two (2) of the following committee members: Chairperson; Treasurer; Secretary.
d. Any income/expenditure shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer who will be accountable to ensure funds are utilised effectively and that the Association stays within budget.
e. Official accounts shall be maintained, and will be examined annually by an independent accountant who is not a member of the Association. An annual financial report shall be presented at the AGM. The Association’s accounting year shall run from 01 April to 31 March.
alteration of the constitution
a. Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by a majority vote at a special general meeting.
b. Amendments to this constitution or dissolution of the Association must be conveyed to the Secretary formally in writing. The Secretary and other officers shall then decide on the date of a special general meeting to discuss such proposals, giving members at least four weeks (28 days) notice.
a. The Association may be dissolved if deemed necessary by the members in a majority vote at a special meeting. Any assets or remaining funds after debts have been paid shall be returned to their providers or transferred to local charities or similar associations at the discretion of the Management Committee.