Constitution

1. Title

The Nurture Education & Cultural Society shall be called (hereinafter called “the Society”).

2. Area

The area to be served by the Society is Glasgow and surrounding area.

  1. Aims & Objects

The aims and objectives of the Nurture Education& Cultural Society are the following:

  • to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Glasgow and its environs without distinction of sex, sexuality, political, religious or other opinions by associating the local statutory authorities, voluntary organizations and inhabitants in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities, or assist in the provision of facilities, in the interest of social welfare for recreation and other leisure-time occupation so that their conditions of life may be improved;
  • to encourage social integration and enhance race relations between ethnic minorities and in particular the Turkish population, with the Scottish community in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland. In furtherance thereof but not otherwise the Society shall seek to:
  • introduce and teach the Turkish language to the community of Glasgow,
  • establish, maintain and manage a community centre,
  • establish educational institutions for all ages of community,
  • strengthen the social, economic and cultural ties amongst individuals and provide health co-operation,
  • Provide information and advice to assist ethnic minorities, in particular Turkish people settle and integrate into the community of Glasgow.
  • to solve the social and cultural problems of those who value the points mentioned above who live in Glasgow and surrounding area;
  • to promote the physical, social, cultural and economic environment of the city, through effective civic leadership and through the active democratic participation of people.
  • to help and support the education of members’ children and also it aims to help them to grow up knowledgeable and self-confident. The Society also aims to help them and their parents to be healthy individuals in the society in which they live;
  • To organize parties, variety shows, social, religious and cultural gatherings and functions for the pleasure and benefit of the children and their parents and celebrate festivals;
  • the Nurture Education and Cultural Society has been established as ‘non-profitable’, charitable and a ‘legal’ society.

4. Powers

In furtherance of the objectives but not otherwise the Management Committee may exercise the following powers:

  • power to obtain, collect, receive money and to raise funds and to invite and receive contributions, donations, affiliation fees, subscriptions, legacies, grants and any other lawful method of accepting or receiving gifts of any description (whether subject to any special trust or not), provided the Society shall not undertake any permanent trading activities in raising funds for the objectives of the society and shall conform to any relevant requirements of the law;
  • power to buy, take on lease or in exchange any property necessary for the achievement of the objectives and to maintain and equip it for use;
  • power to co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the objectives or of similar charitable purposes and to exchange information and advice to them;
  • power to procure to be written and printed, publish, issue and circulate, gratuitously periodicals, books, pamphlets, newsletters, leaflets, document or otherwise and reports;
  • power to establish or support any charitable trusts, associations or institutions formed for all or any of the objectives;
  • power to appoint and constitute such advisory committees, that the Management Committee may feel appropriate;
  • Powers to do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the objectives.

5. Membership

  • Full membership shall be open to all subject to ratification by the Management Committee. No person shall be denied membership of the organization on the grounds of race, sex, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Full membership will only be granted on receipt of the annual membership fee.
  • In the event of membership being refused a person has the right to meet with the management committee to put forward their case. The decision of the Management Committee is final.
  • The membership fee will be set annually at each Annual General Meeting. Membership fees must be paid within 12 months or membership will be withdrawn.
  • In cases of hardship the Management Committee hold the right to arrange a schedule of payments by installments or waive the membership fee. The decision of the Management Committee is final.
  • The Management Committee may be unanimous vote and for good reason terminate the membership of any individual – provided that the individual concerned has the right to be heard by the Management Committee before a final decision is made.

6. Honorary Officers

At the annual general meeting, the members shall elect from amongst themselves a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer and two vice-presidents and two members who shall hold office for one year.

7. Management Committee

  • The Management Committee shall consist of not less than five members nor more than nine including the honorary officers. If the committee wishes to have more than nine members the power of co-option may be used.
  • A committee member is deemed to vacate their office if they have failed to attend three consecutive meetings without giving prior apologies.
  • The Management Committee shall hold at least four meetings each year. Any special meetings shall be called at any time by the President or by any two members of the management committee upon not less than 15 days notice be given to other members of the Management Committee.
  • The Committee shall be a quorum when at least three members of the management committee are present at a meeting.

8. Annual General Meeting

  • There shall be an Annual General Meeting, which shall be held in the tenth month of year or as soon as practicable thereafter.
  • An Annual General Meeting shall be called by the Management Committee. The secretary shall give at least 21 days’ notice of the AGM to the members in writing.
  • The Management Committee shall present to each Annual General Meeting a report and accounts for the proceeding year.
  • Nominations for election to the Management Committee shall be in writing to the Secretary. Should nominations exceed vacancies, election shall be by ballot.
  • There shall be a quorum when at least 51 % of the number of members or 25 members whichever is the greater. If there is no quorum the meeting shall be adjourned for one week to re-convene when those present shall be recognized as a quorum.
  • Other than those specified herewith items shall be passed by simple majority.

9. Special General Meetings

The management committee may call a special general meeting at any time. If at least 10 % members request such a meeting in writing stating the business to be considered the secretary shall call such a meeting. At least 21 days’ notice to be given that shall state the business to be discussed.

 

10. Accounts

  • The funds of the group including all donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee. All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least two members of the Management Committee.
  • The funds belonging to the group shall be applied only to further the objectives.

11. Notices

Any notice required to be served on any member shall be in writing and shall be served by the Secretary or Management Committee on any member either personally or sending it through the post in a pre-paid letter addressed to such members at their last known address in the Rep. of Ireland, and any such letter so sent shall be deemed to have been received within ten days of posting.

12. Alterations to the Constitution

The Constitution may be altered by a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of members voting who are present at a general meeting. The notice of the general meeting must include notice of the resolution, setting out the terms of the alteration proposed.

13. Dissolution

If the Management Committee decides that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the organization it shall call a meeting of all members of which not less than 21 days’ notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed) shall be given. If the proposal is confirmed by a two- thirds majority of those present and voting the Management Committee shall have the power to realize any assets held by or on behalf of the group. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions with similar aims and objectives.