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    Frank
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    WHAT SORT OF OFFICAL ORGANISATION ?
    I cannot set-up a Social Enterprise because all the expenses are divided equally into the number of vulnerable people who want to come on the day trips that I organise for them. There isn’t any profit motive, the expenses are divided equally and that is what each person pays to come on the Day Trip. I do not organise the Day Trips as a Social Business, I am a private individual.
    But I cannot insure myself in case anything happens. I cannot take out Public Liability Insurance because I am not a public organisation, I am just a private individual.
    Is there any sort of official organisation that I could set-up, so that it would be the organisation that organises the Day Trips and then it could have Public Liability Insurance.
    Grateful for any advice
    Thank you

    #8262

    Hi Frank,
    Welcome to Just Act and thanks for your question – you’ve come to the right place.

    Could I ask a little more about your organsiation so some of our Community Champions can help out too?

    You may find the information in Step 4 helpful: http://www.justact.org.uk/category/step-04-create-an-organisation/

    There is a resource in there from Third Sector called ‘What legal structure should my group have?’: http://www.justact.org.uk/2014/09/12/what-legal-structure-should-my-group-have/

    It features advice from legal experts and covers a variety of structures, listed on the Charity Commission website: https://www.gov.uk/charity-types-how-to-choose-a-structure

    And a resource from Community Matters on setting up a community organisation too, which covers legal structures: http://www.justact.org.uk/2014/04/29/setting-up-a-community-organisation/

    Thanks,

    Charlotte

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    Duncan
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    Hi Frank,
    I’m a bit worried about this! I think you are quite vulnerable if you are working on your own and I think you need to have a small group to work with you and support what you are doing. Apart from anything else, you are possibly laying yourself open to criticism as you are dealing with vulnerable people, so do you follow all the rules/recommendations for working with such a group? Without any support, what would happen if someone claimed you had behaved wrongly towards them?
    I think what you are talking about is fantastic, but these days, one does need to follow correct practice and procedures. They cover you and also those you help.
    Kind regards
    Duncan

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    Frank
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    Thank you Duncan.
    From that angle it has made me a bit worried as well!
    I am going to take advice from the charity and from the drop-in group before I do another trip.
    Thank you for your comments, I will take them on board
    Regards
    Frank

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    Natasha
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    Hi there @frankjustact , my advice would be to set up an unincorporated association with 2 people you really trust. All you have to do to create this is write up an appropriate constitution – don’t be scared you can just edit a template like this – http://www.communityactionmk.org/support-and-information-for-groups/setting-up-and-running-a-group/simple-constitution-template/

    By doing this you will be able to get a free community bank account which means you are able to apply for lots more funding.

    Also, you can take out public liability insurance, any individual person can. I use Markel Insurance as they were really affordable and I could apply online. They also covered my volunteers.

    You might be hard pushed to find the above advice – believe me a lot of people do not even understand what a non-profit is! If you need more help please just get in touch with me – I am starting to know all this inside out!

    Natasha

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