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SESSION 3: Roles & Responsibilities of Execs Zoë Buckland, Sports Officer. Charity Law!. The Union is a registered charity , and as such we are bound by Charity Law. As clubs within the Union, you too are bound by the same law, and should see yourselves as “mini-charities”.

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Charity Law!

  • The Union is a registered charity, and as such we are bound by Charity Law.
  • As clubs within the Union, you too are bound by the same law, and should see yourselves as “mini-charities”.
  • The money in your accounts is charitable money and should be spent according to your primary purpose to benefit all of your members equally.
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What does this mean for my Club?

  • Can’t spend hundreds of pounds of club money on champagne or pricey meals in swanky restaurants
    • This would be like Cancer Research spending all their money on Dominoes Pizzas
  • Can’t spend a disproportionate amount of money on a minority of people, i.e. no freebies for execs
    • This would be like Cancer Research spending all of its money providing support for just the Trustees’ families and no-one else.
  • Money spent on food and alcohol cannot be excessive
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What does this mean for my Club?

  • Clubs can’t trade
    • Your club funds are donations not revenue.
  • Consequently, events can’t be run to make a profit. You are simply running events to break even at 65% attendance.
  • Money fundraised for charity is processed through the RAG account
    • There is special dispensation for this in the Charities Act, 2011.
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Constitutions & Primary Purpose

  • What is my club’s primary purpose?
  • The stated aims and objectives of your club as outlined in your constitution.
  • Every club has their own constitution, and it can be found on your club webpage.
  • It’s so important that you keep it up to date!
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Changing your Constitution

You, as Exec, can play around – add things, change bits etc.

  • Proposed changes need to first be approved by the Sports Officer.
    • This acts as a safeguard to ensure that Sports Club aren’t acting out of line with the SU’s governing documents.
    • This should be done by emailing sports@warwicksu.com outlining the proposed changes.
  • THEN, the changes must be approved by a quorate AGM. (This can be an email/online vote).
    • Quorum levels are given in your constitution. Most quorum levels are 20% of membership, but these are going to be lowered for larger clubs and societies soon.
    • Once passed, upload your new Constitution to your club webpage.
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Legal Responsibilities

  • You are all legally responsible for your members on events and socials.
  • If there was an incident, you would be responsible for the students involved in a Court of Law.
  • You therefore have a Duty of Care to all of your members (and those that they come into contact with).
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Legal Responsibilities

  • What does this all mean?
  • You have to fill out a Risk Assessment for all of your events, to demonstrate that you have thought about, and minimised, the risks involved.
  • If one of your members is outrageously drunk and can’t get home, you have a responsibility to ensure that they are looked after and that they make their way home safely.
  • Eeek –pretty daunting?
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Legal Responsibilities

It is a whole lot of responsibility to hold!

But don’t worry, we’ll help you through it.

  • Duty of Care training – compulsory for all execs; now online at www.warwicksu.com/execresources/training/toolkit
  • Event Planning Process is there to ensure that the risks of your events have been considered. This helps to cover you if things go wrong!
  • First Aid Training – compulsory to have a qualified first aider on trips and tours and large events. Sign up at www.warwicksu.com/execresources/training
  • Contact Gerard.Henry@warwicksu.com if you’re worried, or are organising a big/risky event.
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Legal Responsibilities

  • You are all covered by Warwick Sport Personal Liability Insurance (paid for by the WS Membership fee)

What does this mean?

  • If something fell from the ceiling during a session and injured one of your members, then you as an Exec member would not have to pay the legal costs associated with that claim. Awesome!
  • But, we are only insured for the activities that we know about – hence the importance of Event Planning!
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Legal Responsibilities

  • There is absolutely no cover for personal accidents off-campus.

What does this mean?

  • If one of your members broke their leg on tour, then they are not covered by any of our insurance.
  • You will need to make your members aware of this, and they will need to purchase their own travel/accident insurance for any trips and tours.
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Inclusion

  • In addition to all of this, you have a commitment to ensuring equal opportunities to all your members.
  • How do you do this?
    • Equal Opps position on every exec
    • Complete the online Equal Opps training at www.warwicksu.com/execresources/training/toolkit
    • Make sure your events are accessible to all kinds of students
  • Beyond that…
    • Some Sports Ball Awards criteria are based on inclusion and diversity, so even more important to go the extra mile with this one!
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Roles & Responsibilities

  • It can all be a bit overwhelming, but unfortunately you all personally hold a lot of responsibility to look after your members.
  • We’re here to help and support you through it all, so if you’re worried just drop us an email.
  • Gerard.Henry@warwicksu.com
  • Rebecca.Quansah@warwicksu.com
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*End of session*

Note down any questions you may have now, and we’ll have time to go through them during the break or the Q&A at the end.

SESSION 3: Roles & Responsibilities of Execs

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Negotiating & Influencing in Chill Out space with me

SESSION 4: Breakout Sessions

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Enjoy the cupcakes!

Please be back in here ready to go for 14:15 sharp afterwards, so we don’t overrun 

BREAK: 14:00-14:15