Forming a Constituted Group
Groups should be constituted so members have a shared understanding of the association’s structure, purpose and scope. Becoming constituted will also enable groups to have a bank account and access funding opportunities, please see the Funding and Finance page.
To become constituted, groups will need the following:
- A management committee which includes a chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer.
- A written constitution document that states your group’s name, aims and how you will operate and what will be done with assets if the group finishes.
- A bank account
- A set of accounts
It is worth noting that a constituted group is not recognised as a legal body. Management committees of constituted groups may therefore be personally liable for any debts incurred and this is a risk that you should be aware of.
If you network with other local groups involved in similar activities, it may be possible that they could act as the umbrella constituted group. There are also Community Forums that welcome newly formed groups to take advantage of their constitution, bank account and insurance.