Purpose

TAG: The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work, referred to here as the Association, is set up as a legal body through its Memorandum and Articles of Association as a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee.

The Memorandum and Articles of the Association state that our Objects are:

To promote research, education and training in youth and community work in higher education for the public benefit to:

  1. Draw on and extend current thinking and practice in relation to the development of knowledge and understanding, skills and abilities, and personal values and commitment in youth and community work to

  2. Improve the quality of professional youth and community work education and training to

  3. Support the development of youth workers to enable them to provide quality youth and community work to young people and communities to

  4. Facilitate and support the education, development and flourishing of young people and communities in the area of benefit.

Constitution

The Association is constituted as a Charitable Company, in compliance with the Charities Act 1993 and Companies Act 2006. The Association is a registered charity no. 1164809 and a registered company limited by guarantee, company number 7233585.

The Association is owned by its members and managed through the election and appointment of Trustees (also referred to as Directors). At any one time there will be a minimum of three Directors (and an agreed policy of sustaining six Directors) of which one-third must stand down or be re-elected at the annual general meeting of members. The Directors of the Association hold the responsibility for ensuring the Association strives to achieve its charitable objects and is managed within charitable company law. The Directors are responsible for appointing a Chair of the Association, allocating Directors oversight roles, producing an annual plan and reporting on how the Association meets its charitable objects. These are presented to members at its annual general meeting each year and progress is reported through regular monthly bulletins.

Membership is open to individuals who apply to the charity in the form provided by the Association and are approved by the Directors. Membership may be refused by the Directors if it is not considered to be in the best interests of the charity and written confirmation must be provided for the reasons of refusal of membership. Members are required to provide a name and address in the UK and Directors are required to keep a register of all members.

The Association has the power to do anything which is deemed to further its charitable objects, or is conducive or incidental to doing this, including: to raise funds, co-operate with other agencies, employ staff, undertake commissioned work, publish material, hold conferences, undertake research and establish regional groups.

Any funds raised through the Association will be applied solely towards the promotion of its charitable objects. A proportion of these funds raised can be set aside as a reserve against future expenditure in accordance with the Associations policy on holding reserves and providing this complies with charitable law.