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#1 Jolly Roger

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 06:17 PM

Hi guys.

ASDFriendly has reached the point where it is necessary for us to register for some kind of formal status. We have reached a 'glass ceiling' for organisations with no formal status.

We've tried to keep things informal, but we always knew that this could eventually happen. One of the advantages, of course, is that it will mean we can apply for sustainable funding and try to offer more facilities on the website - but that is something for the future.

Meanwhile, we have to decide on the legalities, draft and adopt a Governing Document, register either as a charity (if we can get enough funding to qualify) or find another means of getting access to charitable status... basically, start doing some serious work to make the leap from "website" to "charity support group."

I know that a few people have some very important skills and experience in this area, and CMJ has already been very kind to offer help. But this is going to be a lot of hard work, and it will involve some serious commitment to maintain and sustain things. The existing group of people who currently do everything for ASDf are hitting the limits of what they can offer.

So I'm asking for volunteers. We especially need people with experience in setting up, administrating or running charitable organisations. Anyone with any office/administration/official paperwork skills or experience would also be welcome. We need people with time, flexibility and patience, and a desire to help us to move ASDf on to the next step.

The idea is to form a group to take on the task of drafting the Governing Document, doing all the stuff that we need to do to close the gap between where we are now and where we need to be, and take us forward.

We can't do it all behind closed doors - it has to include anyone who wants to help. So if you're up for it, volunteer below! (Otherwise CMJ & I have a lot of homework to do...)

#2 CarerQuie

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 06:38 PM

I'm not office based or anything but was part of a steering group when our local Autism support group went through getting charitable status.I didn't have much input to the process but am keen to help the group progress.

I think there was a fair amount of information on wording etc in the charity commission pack.I think it took us a couple of goes to get it right.xx

#3 Mozzy

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 08:29 PM

I have no experience but all the time in the world really (minus a few little projects I am working on - none of which take a grate deal of time)

My spelling and grammer are not so don't ask me to type perfectly but I would really like to be involved because ASDf is a HUGE part of my life and I want to give back to the forum as much as I can so if I can be involved I would really like to. I can offer time, effort and an autistic point of view if ever needed.

Hope I can be of some help :)

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 08:39 PM

Not got the office skills and my admin is limited to the paperwork of running a caseload but I have some time, a wee bit of patience and a willingness to give something back if there is anything I could do.

The only thing is I have an outstandingly poor memory ...so eh I tend to need a bit of shoving at times :blush:

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 08:40 PM

Willing to help in anyway.

I help run a group in our local town for parents of autistic children. However, most of the dazzling ideas i have for our group, come from this place!! :blush: :applaud

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 09:23 PM

I will make tea, steal from the rich oh and shove Mo :D

#7 creak

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 07:54 PM

Hi, Sound a big undertaking.

wish I could be of help but am so far away and so committed in other areas too,

Hope some more people come along & offer to help.

This site has been a life line for so many,

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 08:59 PM

Hi

I can type FAST but have no experience with charities, although I worked as a volunteer for nearly four years. Happy to offer a few hours a week in the evenings, if that helps.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:22 PM

i know kidz2gether have gone through the applying for charitable group and won :) so i will ask them and pass any tips back, i cant type as you may well all know but willinglingly try and help to keep this site going ,its been a life saver and many parents feel the same

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 07:50 AM

I also will help any way i can x

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 07:58 AM

I'm happy to help if I can from down south. Secretarial stuff/typing/admin etc

Let me know.

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 08:27 AM

I'm a one fingered typist, sorry :blush: but if you need envelopes stuffing or documents collated then post them this way ;)

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Edited by pipistrelle, 16 May 2008 - 08:27 AM.


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Posted 19 May 2008 - 03:55 PM

I have a standard grade in office skills. Would that be a help?
I am also a good typist and have time and am quite flexible.

#14 Jolly Roger

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 06:13 PM

Thanks all.

During half term, I will collate the options that various people have been researching and hopefully present them to all of us by about mid week. Then we can have a discussion, choose one, and start giving out jobs.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 08:43 PM

I am away on holiday next week but still count me in if I can do anything.

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