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YEF goes from strength to strength!

12 April 2014

The 8 April 2014 meeting of York Environment Forum was a landmark one as it incorporated our inaugural AGM.

This may not sound sexy or momentous, but after more than ten years of running on a structured but essentially informal basis, with no funding whatsoever, the Forum is now a fully constituted body and has a bank account, officers and a management committee.

It all strengthens the hand of our organisation, which has been powered by a great deal of hard work, energy, commitment and goodwill over its decade-long existence. Being constituted will allow us to apply for funding to do more of the things we would like to do – hold public meetings (and maybe even filmed talks), arrange conferences, organise campaigns, perhaps produce publications – the possibilities are endless, and exciting.

The journey to this point commenced in August 2013, when a special ‘visioning workshop’ was held to discuss where we were headed as an organisation, and what kind of organisation we felt it would be most appropriate for us to adopt. All members were invited to participate in a survey to feed back their comments and this was followed up by a subsequent presentation by Natasha Almond of York CVS to advise us on the types of organisation we could seek to become (ie limited company, charity, CIO, etc).

We decided that an unincorporated association was the best structure for us as an organisation and formed a working group to put together a constitution, based on a model constitution supplied by York CVS and governance documents that the Forum had produced previously. The constitution has been revised several times at YEF meetings since, and was agreed at our meeting in February 2014. It was formally signed by all attending members of the AGM on 8 April 2014.

York Environment Forum is keen to maintain the good working relationship it has as an ‘outside body’ working in partnership with City of York Council, and all felt it was important to find a format that continued to maintain that. We value the input from Council members that have a (non-voting) seat on the Forum and appreciate greatly the use of a council room for our meetings, which helps facilitate the attendance of Members.

The constitution is available to read here  YEF Constituition

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