Motions Passed at Annual Gathering 2007

  • Objects of Woodcraft Folk (I)

This Annual Conference resolves to amend section C of the Constitution of the Woodcraft Folk as follows:

Delete:

“To educate and assist young persons so as to develop their physical and mental potential so they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions in life may be improved.”

And insert:

To educate and empower children and young people to be able to participate actively in society,

improving their lives and others through active citizenship.”

  • Objects of Woodcraft Folk (II)

This Annual Conference resolves to amend section C of the Constitution of the Woodcraft Folk as follows:

Delete:

“ … a world built on equality, friendship, peace and co-operation.”

And insert:

“ … an environmentally sustainable world built on children’s and human rights, equality, friendship, peace and co-operation.”

To read:

“In furtherance of the above but not otherwise the Woodcraft Folk seeks to work as an educational movement for children and young people, to develop their self confidence and activity in society with the aim of building an environmentally sustainable world built on children’s and human rights, equality, friendship, peace and co-operation.”

  • Group Membership

This Annual Conference resolves to insert “where they include any Young Members aged between six and fifteen inclusive,” at the beginning of Constitution section F(1)(i). The full clause will therefore read:Groups for Young members shall:

(i) where they include any Young Members aged between six and fifteen inclusive, pay an annual

group registration fee as laid down from time to time by the Annual Conference; and

(ii) at all times have present 2 responsible members who are aged 18 or over.

  • General Council Elections – Single Transferable Voting

This Annual Conference notes that procedures and practices for operating elections during Annual Gatherings have not been revised for some time. With this in mind, and taking into account best-practice examples of electoral process, this conference resolves to replace section H(1)(c) of the constitution with the following:

-Elections for General Council shall be by secret ballot held at the Annual Conference.

-All candidates nominated for General Council must be members of the Woodcraft Folk.

-Elections shall be conducted by Single Transferable Vote (STV) as defined by the Electoral

Reform Society

-'Re-Open Nominations (R.O.N.)' shall be an option in all elections.

- Where the number of nominations received in advance of the nominations deadline is less than

or equal to the number of vacancies, nominations may be taken from the floor of conference. In

this situation, there shall be no limit to the number of nominations taken from the floor.

-Nominations shall close before the ballot is opened.

Additionally, this conference resolves to add the following clause to the end of section H(1)(h) of the constitution:

“A member who has, at the most recent annual conference, received fewer votes than R.O.N. in an election to General Council is not eligible for co-option in the same category.”

  • General Council – Co-Op Representation

This Annual Conference resolves to amend section H(1)(g) of the constitution of the Woodcraft Folk as follows:

Delete:

“General Council shall issue an invitation to the Co-operative College Board of Management to

appoint a representative to attend General Council meetings without voting rights.”

Insert:

“General Council shall issue an invitation to a member of the Co-operative movement to attend

General Council meetings without voting rights as a representative of the wider cooperative UK

movement.”

  • Trusteeship of Woodcraft Folk Property

"This Annual Conference instructs General Council to ensure that all property bought or otherwise acquired using the Woodcraft Folk name and/or charity number(s) is held in trusteeship by the Charity Commission on behalf of the movement."

  • New Conference procedures

This Annual Conference:

-Recognises the difficulties that many members encounter in engaging fully with conference

procedures.

-Resolves to replace the Woodcraft Folk’s existing Standing Orders with the revised draft

Standing Orders document as tabled with this motion.

-Welcomes any further attempts to make conference procedures more accessible in future years and calls upon members to engage with General Council and Standing Orders Committee to suggest methods by which this can be achieved.

  • Folk Costume

This Annual Conference agrees to remove from APP COS.1 “in a tidy manner”

  • Financial Regulations

This Annual Conference resolves that the first five words of FIN.5 (“The following recommendations are made”) be deleted, and the whole re-organised to read:

FIN.5

The financial year shall commence 1st January and end 31st December each year.

(i) at the end of each financial year all Group Treasurers shall lodge with the appropriate District Treasurer a detailed annual Statement of Account, signed by an independent examiner.

(ii) at the end of each financial year all District Treasurers shall lodge with the Central Treasurer a detailed annual Statement of Account, signed by an independent examiner, and including the Statements of Account for each Group which makes up the District.

(iii) the Central Treasurer shall be given access to inspect all books and monies of any sections of the movement.

  • Democracy Fair in 2008

This Annual Conference instructs General Council to run a Democracy & Participation Fair at AG 2008, with stalls and interactive workshops, with a view to:

1. Exploring alternative models of discussion and decision- making

2. Bringing forward proposals to Annual Gathering in 2009

With the overall aim of widening participation at Annual Gathering, and re-invigorating our democracy.

  • Charitable Status of Branches

This Annual Conference instructs General Council to

1. Establish a Commission to bring proposals to Annual Gathering 2008 concerning the charitable status of branches of the Woodcraft Folk and their relationship with the national charity. The commission will be composed of the following, and shall have the power to call on expert advice from the Woodcraft Folk’s auditors, solicitors and others as required:

(i) Chair of General Council

(ii) General Secretary

(iii) A second member of General Council chosen by them from their membership

(iv) A representative of SOC chosen by them from their membership

(v) A representative of the lay membership from Scotland to be appointed by Scottish Council

(vi) A representative of the lay membership from Wales to be appointed by Welsh Council

(vii) Six representatives of the lay membership from England, one appointed by each regional council.

(viii) An independent chair-person to be recruited from the co-operative movement, elsewhere within the charitable third sector or the voluntary youth sector.

2. Find the resources to ensure the Commission is established and has agreed its terms of reference by the end of 2007

3. Budget for the Commission to complete its work and report to the membership at Annual Gathering 2008

  • Quality Assurance

This Annual Conference instructs General Council to bring forward a draft quality assurance scheme to Annual Gathering 2008. The Quality Assurance Scheme should be based around the quality of educational programme as well as ensuring that child protection and financial management systems are in place.

  • Access for All

This Annual Conference calls on the General Council, in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 2004, to prioritise the importance of ensuring Woodcraft events are always reasonably accessible to all who wish to attend, through its literature, publicity and training material. This Annual Conference invites the General Council to run an 'award' scheme, where groups are recognised as being fully accessible to those with mobility difficulties, and where a certificate is awarded that can be used on local and national publicity material in relation to any group or district.

  • Woodcraft World by e-mail

This Annual Conference regrets that wider publicity has not been given to the option for Woodcraft World to be sent via e-mail, which would promote the facility and reduce the ecological impact of using of paper

  • Emergency Motion: Charity in Scotland

This Annual Conference resolves to amend section C of the constitution of the Woodcraft Folk as follows:

Add a new third paragraph:

"Throughout this constitution a 'charitable purpose' is a purpose that is regarded as charitable both in the law of England and Wales and in the law of Scotland, and the term 'charitable' is to be interpreted in accordance both with the law of England and Wales and the law of Scotland"