Pure Channel Healing Association (PCHA)

Constitution

 
1. Name

The name of the group shall be Pure Channel Healing Association

2. Aims

The aims of Pure Channel Healing Association will be:

 

  1. To promote greater awareness and understanding within the general public, the medical profession and the social care profession of the valuable role a professional holistic healing practitioner can play in a patient's or client’s healing process or palliative care. 

  2. To hold conference retreat events or similar that brings holistic healing practitioners, medical health professionals and non- medical professionals together by sharing research, understanding and experiences.

  3. To deliver Continuing Professional and Personal Development courses and activities which are relevant, inspiring and enjoyable to holistic healing practitioners.

  4. To foster better connection, mutual support and appreciation between all members of different healing modalities and practices.

  5. To encourage all our members to participate in research studies, teaching or another activity related to the healing practice which they individually offer.

3. Membership

Associate Membership is open to anyone who:

 

  • is aged 18 and above, and

  • supports the aims of Pure Channel Healing Association

Full Membership is open to anyone who:

  • is aged 18 and above,

  • has the appropriate healing qualifications to NOS, and

  • supports the aims of Pure Channel Healing Association

Membership will begin as soon as the membership form and first annual payment has been received.

There will be an annual membership fee (for associate and full) which will be agreed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and will be payable by all members.

A list of all members will be kept by the membership secretary.

Ceasing to be a member

Members may resign at any time in writing to the secretary.

Any member who has not paid their membership fee for one year will be contacted by the committee, who will then decide whether that member is deemed to have resigned.

Any offensive behaviour, including racist, sexist or inflammatory remarks, will not be permitted. Anyone behaving in an offensive way or breaking the equal opportunities policy may be asked not to attend further meetings or to resign from the group if an apology is not given or the behaviour is repeated. The individual concerned shall have the right to be heard by the management committee, accompanied by a friend, before a final decision is made.

4. Equal Opportunities

Pure Channel Healing Association will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexuality, disability, religious or political belief, marital status or age.

5. Officers and committee

The business of the group will be carried out by a Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee will meet as necessary and not less than four times a year.

The Committee will consist of no more than 6 members, and be composed of 3 officers and 3 committee members. Up to 3 additional members may be co-opted onto the committee at the discretion of the committee.

The officers’ roles are as follows:

  • Chair, who shall chair both general and committee meetings

  • Secretary, who shall be responsible for the taking of minutes and the distribution of all papers

  • Membership secretary, who shall be responsible for keeping records of members

  • Treasurer who shall be responsible for maintaining accounts

In the event of an officer standing down during the year a replacement will be elected by the next General Meeting of members.

A Committee member may have more than one officer role, if this is necessary.

Any committee member not attending a meeting without apology for three months will be contacted by the committee and asked if they wish to resign.

The Committee meetings will be open to any member of Pure Channel Healing Association wishing to attend, who may speak but not vote.

6. Meetings
6.1. Annual General Meetings

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held within fifteen months of the previous AGM.

All members will be notified in writing at least 3 weeks before the date of the meeting, giving the venue, date and time.

Nominations for the committee may be made to the Secretary before the meeting, or at the meeting.

The quorum for the AGM will be 10% of the membership or 10 members, whichever is the greater number.

At the AGM:-

  • The Committee will present a report of the work of Pure Channel Healing Association over the year.

  • The Committee will present the accounts of Pure Channel Healing Association for the previous year.

  • The officers and Committee for the next year will be elected.

  • Any proposals given to the Secretary at least 7 days in advance of the meeting will be discussed.

6.2 Special General Meetings

The Secretary will call a Special General Meeting at the request of the majority of the committee or at least eight other members giving a written request to the Chair or Secretary stating the reason for their request.

The meeting will take place within twenty-one days of the request.

All members will be given two weeks notice of such a meeting, giving the venue, date, time and agenda, and notice may be by telephone, email or post.

The quorum for the Special General Meeting will be 10% of the membership or 10 members, whichever is the greater number.

6.3 General Meetings

General Meetings are open to all members and will be held at least once every 3 months or more often if necessary.

All members will be given two weeks’ notice of such a meeting, giving the venue, date, time and agenda, and notice may be by telephone, email or post.

The quorum for a General Meeting shall be 10% of the membership or 5 members, whichever is the greater number.

6.4 Committee Meetings

Committee meetings may be called by the Chair or Secretary. Committee members must receive notice of meetings at least 7 days before the meeting.

The quorum for Committee meetings is two Committee members.

7. Rules of Procedure for meetings

All questions that arise at any meeting will be discussed openly and the meeting will seek to find general agreement that everyone present can agree to.

If a consensus cannot be reached a vote will be taken and a decision will be made by a simple majority of members present. If the number of votes cast on each side is equal, the chair of the meeting shall have an additional casting vote.

8. Finances

An account will be maintained on behalf of the Association at a bank agreed by the committee. Two cheque signatories will be nominated by the Committee (one to be the Treasurer).  The signatories must not be related nor members of the same household.

All payments will be signed by two of the signatories.

  • For cheque payments, the signatories will sign the cheque.

  • For other payments (such as BACS payments, cash withdrawals, debit card payments or cash payments), a requisition note will be signed by two signatories, and held by the treasurer.

Records of income and expenditure will be maintained by the Treasurer and a financial statement given at each meeting.

All money raised by or on behalf of Pure Channel Healing Association is only to be used to further the aims of the group, as specified in item 2 of this constitution.

9. Amendments to the Constitution

Amendments to the constitution may only be made at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.

Any proposal to amend the constitution must be given to the Secretary in writing. The proposal must then be circulated with the notice of meeting.

Any proposal to amend the constitution will require a two thirds majority of those present and entitled to vote.

10. Dissolution

If a meeting, by simple majority, decides that it is necessary to close down the group it may call a Special General Meeting to do so. The sole business of this meeting will be to dissolve the group.

If it is agreed to dissolve the group, all remaining money and other assets, once outstanding debts have been paid, will be donated to a local charitable organisation. The organisation will be agreed at the meeting which agrees the dissolution.

This constitution was agreed at the Inaugural General Meeting of the Pure Channel Healing Association on:-

Date 20/08/2002

Name and position in group …Chair

 

Signed ……M Brown…………………………………….

Name and position in group ……Secretary

Signed ……S Brown………………………………….

NOTE: Pure Channel Healing is an independent partnership company (currently trading under the umbrella of Mandy & Steve Brown Sign Language and Communication Services) owned by Mandy and Steve Brown and has a separate bank account to PCHA. Pure Channel Healings offers healing sessions, run CPD training courses and the Holistic Healing Practitioners Diploma course for the PCHA.