We are planning to make some changes to our governing documents at our AGM in March 2017. As these will require the permission of the Charities Commission, we are consulting on them with our members through September, and would like to hear your views. We then propose to send the changes to the Charities Commission for approval in the autumn.
As the Articles are being updated, they have been redrafted into Companies Act 2006 format, which essentially removes the requirement for the old style Memorandum of Association and incorporates it into the Articles document. In redrafting the documents small changes have been made, but the key ones are detailed below.
- We are proposing extending the age-range of young people we work with to simply “up to the age of 25”
- Currently we have four classes of members; we propose removing affiliate, individual and provisional categories, none of which are in use.
- We are proposing adding a new class of (non-voting) “associate members” to enable us to find a mechanism to work with for the new infrastructure bodies, which are often borough wide foundations formed once councils have outsourced their youth work
- The geographic limit on London Youth’s operations now shows only in the fact that members are “based and working exclusively or predominately in London” in the definition of “Club” (we have run Hindleap and Woodrow, both of which are outside of London for many many years and will continue to do so)
None of the changes fundamentally affects our core mission or purpose, or our ability to support our members and young people in the most effective way. And our Trustees are confident that in making these changes we will be better able to meet the needs of young people in London and at our centres into the future.
To look at the full draft document follow this link.
If you have any questions or comments, please do contact Clare Wadd, London Youth’s Director of Finance and Resources. We will be accepting comments and feedback until 30 September 2016, and then the new documents will be circulated to members prior to the AGM for approval at that meeting.