Becoming a charity!

Over the past 12 months, our income has increased quite substantially due to grants, increased membership and income from events we run for the community.   We are now in the happy place of having to apply to formalise our position with an application for charitable status as an Incorporated Organisation.  We would like to do this as soon as possible after the next Friends meeting.

We have used standard documentation from the Charity Commission to put together a constitution for the Friends and which we would like to discuss and approve (possibly with minor amendments) at the meeting on Thursday. You can see this document here FRP constitution 20 03 2019.

We have defined our objectives as being to:

1         promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of Rowntree Park as a place of environmental interest and amenity value

2        advance the education of the public in relation to the history, biodiversity and other aspects of Rowntree Park and related Issues

3        work with others on the provision of facilities for public education, recreation and other leisure interests within Rowntree Park

4        Promote civic responsibility, volunteering, health and well-being among the users of Rowntree Park.

We do need some Friends of Rowntree Park members to help with the organisation of this, as Trustees.  5 – 7 people are needed for this, and we hope they will step forward/ be selected on Thursday. If you cannot attend the meeting but are interested in putting yourself forward as a Trustee, then please let us know.  Similarly, get in touch if you’d like to find out more on what being a Trustee involves. General information on becoming a charity trustee is here.

The Friends of Rowntree Park meeting takes place on Thurs 11th April at 7pm in Rowntree Park Reading Cafe.  All members are welcome.

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