Want to become a community member?
Here are some FAQs that might help you decide:
Q. Who can become a member?
A. Members can be:
People who live or work in the neighbourhood
Regular park users, dog walkers or people with a special interest in Sudley Estate
People with a special interest in the social aims of the project
Participants in the organisation’s activities and projects
Q. How much will it cost to become a member?
A. Our current community membership is FREE, to make it accessible to everyone.
Q. Do I need to renew my membership each year?
A. No. Your membership is ongoing until you choose to leave.
Q. What does being a member mean?
A. As a community member of the enterprise you will have a vote at members’ meetings on a one-member-one vote basis.
Q. Will i receive a share of the profits?
A. No! The CIC is limited by guarantee, not shares, so you are not a shareholder. Also, as a not-for-profit enterprise, any profits made will be kept within the company and used to pursue the social aims.
Q. So will I be liable for any debts or losses the company makes?
A. No. The CIC is a company limited by guarantee, which means you only lose whatever you invested in the cost of your membership (so, nothing).
Q. What about other liabilities? For example, am I responsible for the health and safety of the enterprise?
A. No. The CIC is a limited liability company, so the members are not personally liable, the company itself is effectively a ‘person’ in legal terms. In terms of management, the Board of Directors are responsible for the management of the enterprise. This includes all areas of responsibility such as Health & Safety, Data Protection and Safeguarding.
Q. What are the benefits of membership?
A. You get to support the growth of a local social enterprise that is focused on bringing a range of benefits to our community. You will be helping us to regenerate, restore and re-imagine a beautiful and much-loved green space for everyone to enjoy.
Q. What will be expected of me if I become a member?
A. In a nutshell, as much or as little as you wish. At the most basic, your membership makes you a supporter of the project. Or you may wish to attend meetings or volunteer with us. There won’t be a lot of demands on your time unless you want there to be. What we will really want is your ideas, feedback and views so that we can develop, improve and grow the project over time.
Q. How will members be involved with the project?
A. We will send you regular updates and notice of events and other activities that you will be invited to take part in, but participation is not obligatory. You may wish to volunteer to help the project in various ways, but again this is optional.
Q. Do I have to come to meetings?
A. Only if you want to. We will invite you to our Annual General Meeting each year to contribute to important decisions, but if it’s not your scene there’s no requirement to attend. Not all the members of the CIC will attend meetings, some people will never come to a meeting and that’s fine.
Q. Will I get regular requests for donations?
A. No. We see our members as supporters and allies of our project, not a regular source of income. We will however invite members occasionally to support our fund-raising ideas/events, but this will be on a voluntary basis and not a requirement of membership.
Q. Can members also be volunteers at the project?
A. Yes there is nothing to stop people being both, but members would still have to make a volunteer application and go through that process.
Q. Can members also be Board Members of the CIC?
A. Yes, all board members are company members as well, there is nothing to stop people being both. Board members are chosen for the skills, expertise or knowledge they bring to the enterprise, and/or from their position as project participants or community members.
Q. Do I have to have a background in gardening to become an member?
A. Not at all, just being a member of the local community is qualification enough to become a member.
Q. Can my child become a member?
A. Yes. There is no age limit to our community membership scheme. Although as the project develops we will launch a more fun and interactive members’ scheme for children, so they may prefer to wait for that. Also, under data protection regulations, we can’t contact your child without your consent so you would need to fill in the form with them.
Q. How will my details be stored and used?
Q. Can I opt out of receiving information from you?
A. Yes you can. We don’t intend to send you a lot of information, but if you feel it’s too much just let us know. Under our data protection commitments to you, we’ll only contact you in ways you want us to, however we must legally send you notice of any members’ meetings.
Q. How do I become a member?
A. If you would like to become a community member of Growing Sudley CIC, please fill in the form here
Q. What if I no longer want to be a member?
A. Just contact us here and ask to be removed from the register of members and we will cancel your membership.