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SHROPSHIRE ASPERGERS SUPPORT GROUP

CONSTITUTION CONSTITUTION OF: Shropshire Aspergers Support Group Shropshire (ASG) 1. Name The name of the group shall be Shropshire Aspergers Support Group. Hereby referred to as “the Group” or known as “Shropshire ASG”. 2. Aim To offer support and guidance for individuals with Aspergers on the more able end of the Autistic Spectrum. 3. Objectives The Group will fulfil the aim by:  sharing experiences of challenging or potentially awkward social situations and discussing strategies and “social stories” on how to handle these.

establish potential pitfalls for people/adults with AS.

liaising with external agencies/bodies to establish the provision for people with AS and offer advice on where one can go to for support.

bringing individuals with similar difficulties together

4. Membership (a) Membership is only open to people over 18 years of age.

(b) Given its very sensitive nature, membership of this group shall be closed and people interested in joining helping the Group must be screened by the Facilitator or another designated person. (c) Executive membership is for those wishing to take on a leadership role on the Steering Group and requires a criminal disclosure (CRB/DBS) from enhanced level to maintain safeguarding. (d) The Steering Group shall have the power to refuse membership to an applicant, where it is considered they could compromise the safety of the Group or when

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such membership would be potentially detrimental to the aims, purposes or activities of the group. 5. Management (a) Shropshire Aspergers Support Group shall be administered by a Management Team known as the Steering Group. It will consist of at least three people and as with all members they must be at least 18 years of age. (b) The Steering Group comprises itself of: The Facilitator (CHAIR) The Co-facilitator/Assistant Facilitator/s Treasurer and such other personnel deemed necessary . (c) The Steering Group shall meet at least four times a year. (d) At least two Steering Group members must be present for a management meeting to take place. (e) Voting on one key issues meetings shall be by show of hands at a normal meeting of the Group. 6. Finance (a) Any money obtained by the Group shall be used only for the purposes of group and its running. (b) Any bank accounts opened for the Group shall be in the name of the group. (c) The Steering Group will ensure that the Group stays within the budget.

(d) The Treasurer will be responsible for monitoring and recording of expenditure and income and should notify the Facilitator immediately with any concerns. 7. Meetings (a) General meetings will take place at least once every month. (b) The Steering group should meet at least four times per year. (c) The quorum for a meeting of the Steering Group shall be a minimum of two. (d) The Steering Group shall be accountable to the other members at all times. (e) All members shall be given at least seven days notice of a meeting unless it is deemed an emergency meeting. Dates of meetings should be circulated by post or email. (f) Agendas of all meetings should normally be produced in advance and circulated. 8. Annual General Meeting (a) An Annual General Meeting (AGM) should be held at not more than 15 month intervals. (b) Where possible members shall be notified personally, otherwise notice will be deemed served by advertising the meetings in at least five public places giving at least 14 days’ notice of the AGM. (c) The business of the AGM shall include: i. Receiving a report of the Group’s activities over the year. ii. Receiving a report of the last financial year’s accounts from the Treasurer on the finances of the Group.

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(d) The quorum for Annual General Meeting shall be at least three persons of which two must be in the Steering Group. 9. Alteration of the Constitution (a) Proposals for amendments to this constitution, or dissolution (see Clause 11) must be delivered to the Treasurer in writing. The Treasurer shall then, in conjunction with all other members of the Steering Group, decide on the date of a forum meeting to discuss such proposals, giving at least four weeks (one month’s) clear notice. (b) Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by at least two thirds of those members present and voting at any general meeting. 10. Power In furtherance of the objects of the Group, the Group shall have the following powers:  To raise or acquire funding  To hire premises suitable for our activities  To purchase materials/resources needed for our activities and operation

To liaise with external bodies as appropriate.

11. Dissolution The Group may be wound up at any time if agreed by two thirds of those members present and voting at any general meeting. Any assets shall be returned to their providers, if they require it, or shall be passed to another group with similar aims.

This Constitution was adapted in April 2013. Date of next review: April 2014

Signed: _____________________________

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