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What is a constitution? Often referred to as your Governing Document

A constitution is a written description of what an organisation is, what it does, and how it does it.

There are different terms used for a constitution depending on the legal structure of the group.

Why is a constitution needed?

Very often an organisation can be operating for a number of years very informally without a constitution. There may be a point at which it is recognised that the group needs to formalise itself. The development of a written governing document for the organisation can help to ensure that:

1. the groups aims and objectives are clear and agreed
2. there is a clear process for decision making within the organisation
3. the organisation gains credibility with funding bodies
4. the lines of responsibility and accountability are clarified
5. the group can register with the Charity Commission
6. there is a process for formally appointing the people who run the group

7. can open a bank account


The Third Sector Support Team can help you to explore the most appropriate consitution to meet your needs.

email : development@pavs.org.uk


See our information sheet on Choosing Legal Structures here

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