1 Name and character
The name of the organisation
is the Lewes District Seniors’ Forum. The Forum is committed to equality
and human rights; is not affiliated to or connected with a political
party, party-political organisation, religious institution or group; and
is non profit-making.
The objectives of the Forum
are to promote the welfare and interests of older people in Lewes and
surrounding rural areas by
providing a platform for matters of concern to older people to be raised
and views to be developed and referred to local authority and other
supporting and publicising policies and actions to improve the condition
of older people
participating with other seniors' forums in the East Sussex Seniors'
communicating and co-operating with other seniors’ forums nationally.
3.1 Membership of the Forum
is open to all individuals who are fifty (50) years old or more and
resident, working in or active in the local area.
3.2 Membership of the Forum
is open to all organisations involved with the concerns of older people
and operating in the local area.
4 The Forum Management
4.1 A Forum Management
Committee of up to twelve members will be elected at Annual General
Meetings. Members of the Committee will be elected for a term of three
years. They may stand for election again.
4.2 Representatives of
organisations (see 3 above) will be invited to attend Committee
meetings, though without voting rights.
4.3 The Committee will elect
a chairman, a vice-chairman, an honorary secretary and an honorary
treasurer. No one in office in local or national government may be an
officer of the Committee.
4.4 When fewer than twelve
members, the Committee may co-opt additional members to the total of
twelve until the following Annual General Meeting. Co-opted members may
offer themselves for elected committee membership.
4.5 The Committee will meet
at least quarterly. Voting at Committee meetings will be by simple
majority; minutes will be taken, agreed and kept; a quorum will be 50%
of the Committee.
5 Forum meetings
There will be at least two
(2) meetings of the whole membership of the Forum each year, one of
which will be the Annual General Meeting. General Meetings will be
notified to the membership one month in advance.
6 Changes to constitution
Changes to this Constitution
can be made at General Meetings by majority vote of those present,
The Forum may be dissolved by
a two-thirds (2/3) majority of those present at a General Meeting.
adopted 25 January 2006, amended 6 February 2007, amended March 2009;
revised constitution adopted at AGM, 15 April 2010]