HOMEPAGE
SYNAPTIC


Status and purpose

Synaptic was established by a group of experienced voluntary sector and social enterprise workers on New Years Day 2005 as a non incorporated voluntary body, to operate as an informal trust. Should the need arise at a later date Synaptic will adopt an incorporated legal framework suitable to its needs.

The name Synaptic is taken from the name given by human neuroscience for the space between nerve cells, across which electricity jumps to transmit signals. In the same way, the purpose of Synaptic is to bring energetic people and organizations into proximity to each other in order to allow the transmission of skills, ideas and knowledge of mutual benefit. Synaptic is committed to the widespread dissemination of tools of power, in particular communication and media skills, fundraising, training, business organization and legal frameworks.

The founders of Synaptic believe that there is no limit to the potential of human beings and human communities; that poverty and ignorance are accidents of circumstances and history which can be overcome by individuals working to raise themselves and their communities above the limitations of the status quo. In an age of accelerating change all people should and can be multi-skilled.

Synaptic will employ the tools of direct practice to spread informally acquired skills; such as by involving inexperienced staff in organizing events, by seeking to ensure that all formal functions are carried out by a competent person and a learner working together and actively seeking to prevent hierarchies of expertise. Synaptic will also seek to create formal arrangements for sharing expertise, such as by courses and seminars and will endevour to ensure they are accessible by persons who may be otherwise excluded from such opportunities; for example by reasons of childcare commitments or other special needs.

Synaptic is established as a voluntary body, it will not trade for profit nor take financial risks on its own account. Trustees will receive no payment for carrying out their duties. In the event of winding up of Synaptic its assets will be distributed to registered charitable bodies as set out in the rules.

BELOW ARE REPRODUCED THE RULES BY WHICH SYNAPTIC IS CURRENTLY GOVERNED. NOTE THAT AT THE TIME OF WRITING THEY HAVE NOT BEEN PRESENTED FOR APPROVAL BY ANY REGULATORY BODY.

You are strongly advised to read the guidance notes on the charity commissions website and seek their advice before deciding on a legal framework for your organisation/project.

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SYNAPTIC

RULES

NAME AND STATUS

“The organisation” shall be called Synaptic. Synaptic shall be a non-incorporated voluntary body consisting of trustees who are responsible for the administration of the organisations affairs, use of its assets, discharge of it’s liabilities and presentation to any interested parties of reports, accounts and any other materials reasonably requested to inform any interested parties of the business and activities of the organisation. The organisation shall be subject to the law of England.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of Synaptic shall be the promotion of learning and the relief of poverty. The organisation shall be empowered to undertake any action it sees fit for the furtherance of these aims.

MEMBERSHIP

The organisation shall be made up of trustees who are jointly and separately responsible for the activities of the organisation. The founder members jointly are empowered to appoint new trustees until the total number of trustees is five (5) after which new trustees must be elected by a general meeting of the organisation. Membership of Synaptic is open to all persons regardless of ethnicity, culture, faith, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, unrelated criminality or any other grounds for exclusion other than those required by law such as that a member must be legally responsible for their own affairs and not an undischarged bankrupt.

OFFICERS.

The members shall elect from among themselves a secretary. The members shall appoint a treasurer who may be a non-member. At each general meeting of the organisation a chair person shall be appointed from among those members present who shall be responsible for the proper and effective conduct of the meeting.

MEETINGS

Synaptic shall be governed by general meetings. All trustees are entitled to be present and to have one vote on any issue. Notice of meetings must be sent to all trustees at least one week in advance of the meeting by email, by text message, by telephone, or by any other means suitable and available. It is the responsibility of the secretary to arrange the date, time and venue for meetings and to draw up an agenda for each meeting of items presented by members. It is the responsibility of members, on receiving notice of meeting to contact the secretary and arrange for a copy of the agenda to be sent to them by a means of their choice so long as this not an unreasonable use of the secretary’s time and the organisation’s resources.
Trustees are considered to be present at a meeting if they have received an agenda and are in contact with the secretary at the time of the meeting by telephone, by internet relay, by video or other online conferencing, or any other means which permits real-time participation.
A meeting shall be quorate if 3 members, or one third of the total number of trustees whichever is the greater is present. In the event that a meeting fails to achieve a quorum within 30 minutes from the published start time, then the meeting is reconvened to the same venue and a time exactly seven days from the published time. This meeting will automatically be quorate regardless of the number of members present.
Meetings will always attempt to resolve any disputes by reaching a consensus. In the event of a failure to do so in a time deemed reasonable by the chair of the meeting a vote shall be taken. In the event of a tied vote the chair shall propose the issue be deferred to the next meeting and a vote taken on this proposal. If this falls then the chair shall have a casting vote on the original question. On issues of general business a simple majority vote will decide an issue. On the matter of changes to these rules a majority of two thirds ( rounded UP) is required for any changes to be made.
The secretary will be responsible for recording those present at each meeting and for keeping a record of all decisions made by the meeting and for making available such records to any persons requesting them. The secretary will keep a permanent record of all meetings in a minute book; which may be in the form of a computer file.

TRUSTEES/MEMBERS

All members shall be trustees of the organisation. Whilst there are less than 5 trustees, the existing trustees can appoint new trustees. If there are 5 or more trustees new trustees must be elected by a two thirds majority of a quorate meeting at which the election of members is an agenda item. A trustee ceases to be a member if they resign in writing or by email to the secretary, if they are declared bankrupt or legally incompetent or if they fail to be present at all meetings for a period of twelve months and one day.
Trustees shall not receive payment for carrying out of their duties. Trustees may be invited to tender for any trade or professional services required by the organisation in competition with other providers, but must not participate in the selection of a provider if they do.

ACCOUNTS

The treasurer will keep all financial records of the organisation and make them available on demand to members and any other interested parties. The financial year for accounting purposes will be from January 1st. to December 31st. The treasurer will prepare annually financial statements of accounts which will consist of an income and expenditure account and a balance sheet, to be completed according to current custom and practice, and to the standard required by any legislation governing the organisation. The annual accounts shall be included in an annual report which shall be published within six months of the end of the organisations financial year.


POWERS

The organisation shall have the power to do anything within the law to achieve it’s aims. The organisation shall not trade for profit. The organisation will not use its assets as security for loans other than in the case of a mortgage for the purchase of property through a body regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

WINDING UP

The trustees may by unanimous agreement, decide to wind up the organisation. In this event the assets of the organisation shall be employed to discharge any outstanding liabilities of the organisation. Any remaining assets shall be offered back to the most recent charitable, trust or foundation donors if any. Any remaining assets shall be donated to a registered charitable body with similar aims to the organisation agreed by the trustees, or proportionately to charities chosen by each of the trustees if they cannot agree on a single recipient.

FOUNDERS

Dr Peter Linnell

Joan Thwaites

David Hill