I am thinking about CICs with a sufficient number of members (who may not all know each other), that formally electing directors, rather than just confirming their appointment by ordinary resolution, is relevant. I was thinking of GP commissioning groups and Nene Commissioning in particular, which serves Northants and which is registered as a CIC. However looking at their website, there is virtually nothing about governance or how they are funded, and you can become a 'member' without contributing any share capital. That seems just like a public relations exercise to me and the doctors just want to get rich off the NHS, hardly in the spirit of CICs. However if any of your members represent CICs with many members - probably hundreds at least - they might be interested in what I have to suggest. What do you think? Worth discussing or wasting people's time?
First of all thank you for allowing someone who is not associated with a CIC to become a member of the Association. I will try not to abuse the privilege. The 8000 or so CICs come in all shapes and sizes. My suggestions would probably only apply to a minority. I think the best way to start is to put an article on my blog and put a link to it on this wall.
Helen here from Clout Theatre. I could do with all the help I can get! Thankyou!
Are you about on 29th April? I have a meeting at 2pm in central London but am free before then?
We are looking into becoming a CIC - I've looked at the paperwork and it has gone right over my head.
We're in the sticky situation where we have no money because we don't have CIC status and therefore cant apply for pots of funding, and cant yet apply to be a CIC because we dont have the money to pay for it!
Hi John, thanks for the welcome. Here is the information about our award. We do have a photograph if you wanted to add to the website etc:
Wheatpieces Community Centre in Tewkesbury, which is run by a team of volunteers as a community interest company , has received a prestigious award recognizing the ‘outstanding contribution’ made by volunteers and was named as ‘project of the year’ in the Gloucestershire Community 2012 Awards. The Award was presented to the volunteers at an award ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse by the Earl of Wessex.
To celebrate the centre opened its doors with an open day with free activities for children including a bouncy castle and face painting and demonstrations by local clubs and groups.
Centre Manager, Adam Fendt comments, “This award has had such a positive impact increasing the number of enquiries and bookings meaning we can offer an even greater choice of activities and events”.
The community centre offers a large sports hall and meeting rooms which can be hired by the hour at reasonable cost. There is ample free parking, disabled facilities and free changing rooms with showers. Visit the website www.wheatpiecescommunitycentre.co.uk or ring Adam on 01684 294713 for more information.
ha ha! Thanks for the warm welcome! I work for a social enterprise that provides other social enterprises with legal advice and support and as part of that I set up a lot of CIC's and am a big fan and I try to encourage more people to go down this route. There still seems to be resistance to the CIC here in Scotland which I do not get! I joined as I'm always on the look out of guidance, advice and I suppose feedback on being a CIC! K
Hi John For the past 12 years Resolve (UK) C I C have provided bespoke 24/7 free and confidential debt advice to all mebers of Her Majesty,s Armed Forces and their famillies both whilst serving and after discharge. We deal in crisis management and rapid intervention.We are not able to cope with the requests for advice and am seeking funding for another adviser.
In brief we are a bridging service, an advice "portal" to independent financial services providers across Scotland. We do some stuff in house like financial fact finds, financial reviews and PPI claims but the rest we refer on as a sort of introductions service.... ( think uesfull Financial Dating! :-))
I take referrals from a lot of charities, community groups and even some housing associations, NHS staff and other advice services at the mo. We are always seeking new referrers and the beauty of what we do is what we offer fits everyone. Everyone needs financial advice and we just make it ethical, impartial and accessible as possible.
Its a free service as I am paid to be "an introducer" so its built on a private sector income model. Introducers are very common in the private financial services sector but unheard of in other sectors. I offer training, workshops, consultancy and other project support services for free to and will work with any sector comfortably.
Our site is under review as we are 1 1/2 yrs old and have re-branded this month. Hoepfully up by April mid.
Hi, sorry I was a bit short...My site is under redevelopment so there is not much info up there now. We do a crash course to help people get websites up really quickly with wordpress.org ( not blogs - full websites)
The CIC part of our organisation is the bit that gives basic IT training to vulnerable adults who are clients of ST Mungo's homeless charity.