Membership

Become a Member

As a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), YFCT has a membership base which supports the charity as a whole and means that the charity can be shaped and guided by a wide and diverse body of people with the needs of the charity’s beneficiaries at the centre.

The charity was started up in April 2020 by the current Trustee Board and relies on its membership to shape the forthcoming agenda and priorities for the coming months and years.

As a YFCT member you have the opportunity to drive the charity forward, influence what we do and how we do it, making a difference to your community.

Membership of the CIO is open to anyone who is interested in furthering YFCT’s purpose and supporting its beneficiaries. As a member you are entitled to attend and vote at general meetings, making decisions on the direction and operation of the charity.

As a member, at our next Annual General Meeting currently scheduled for 17 September 2020, you will be entitled to stand for one of the vacant Trustee positions, and/or vote for who you think should sit on the Trustee Board. For more information about the Trustee role, please see below.

Our membership offer will develop, and we’d love to hear from you about what you want it to be.

Signing up is simple and straight-forward, you just need to complete a short form via the link below. You’ll then be added to our database and invited to our upcoming AGM and any future events. We’ll confirm your membership by email within 21 days.

Click here to sign up to become a member

Click here for Membership FAQ

Become a Trustee

We are currently seeking new members to join YFCT’s Board of Trustees.

What is a trustee?

Charity trustees play a key part in making sure that York Fighting Coronavirus Together is run in the interests of the people it is there to support.

Our vision for the York area is improved wellbeing and a safer place for everyone, through local efforts that enable individuals and communities to identify needs arising from coronavirus and respond by accessing or providing support.

The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing the organisations aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

What are the duties of a trustee?

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document (i.e. its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public
  • Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive (if the charity employs staff)

What are we looking for?

We feel that it is important that our trustees should have:

  • Commitment to the values of the organisation
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • The confidence to speak their mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team

We are looking to strengthen our existing Board of Trustees with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and various life experiences. We are currently particularly interested in adding skills and experience in the medical or scientific sectors, but that is not a requirement. Please do let us know about your other skills or experiences.

Why become a trustee?

Being a trustee is a very rewarding role. As a trustee you have the chance to support and shape the work and strategic direction of YFCT and make a significant difference to helping us achieve our vision.

As a trustee, you are part of a team and will have the opportunity to apply your unique skills and experience while learning from others. Working closely with a passionate team of people who have different perspectives is often one of the most enjoyable aspects of the role.

Benefits of being a trustee:

  • Contributing to a great cause
  • Strategic experience
  • Professional networks
  • Developing skills and experience
  • Team working

How much time does being a trustee take?

We hold monthly Trustee Board Meetings online using conferencing software. Meetings are currently held on the third Thursday of the month from 6pm – 7.30pm.

At meetings we believe that it’s fair to share the workload, so it is usual for trustees to sometimes take on small amounts of work between meetings.

There is usually ongoing communication between meetings within Microsoft Teams, for which you will be given upon becoming a Trustee. The application is straightforward to use and in addition to enabling open structured conversations about individual topics it also allows secure document storage and editing and enables private messaging. Once you are set up with your account, one of the existing trustees will take you through how to use it.

I’m interested, what next?

Registering your interest in becoming a trustee couldn’t be simpler, please click the link below which will take you to the application form, once complete simply click submit. Once we have received your completed form one of the trustees will be in contact with you for a chat.

To become a trustee, you must be a member of the charity and so we collect the same information we do for our members. As such by registering your interest in becoming a trustee you will also be registering as a member of YFCT.

Click here to register your interest in becoming a trustee

YFCT Membership - Frequently Asked Questions

Why does YFCT have a membership?

As a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), YFCT has a membership base which supports the charity. This means that the charity can be shaped and guided by a wide and diverse body of people with the needs of the charity’s beneficiaries at its centre.

The charity was started up in April by the current Trustee Board but needs and will rely on its membership to shape the forthcoming agenda and priorities for the coming months and years.

Having a membership helps to keep the Trustee Board accountable and supports the transparency of the charity and its activities. Having an active and engaged membership helps keep the needs of beneficiaries at the forefront of the charity.

What does it mean to be a member?

As an YFCT member you have the opportunity to drive the charity forward, influence what we do and how we do it, and make a difference to your community. You will be asked to exercise your powers as a member to further the purposes of the charity.

Membership of the CIO is open to anyone who is interested in furthering YFCT’s purpose.

What do I have to do as a YFCT member?

As a member you are entitled to attend and/or vote at general meetings, making decisions on the direction and operation of the charity.

At the Charity’s Annual General Meeting, as a member you will be entitled to stand for one of the vacant Trustee positions, and/or vote for who you think should sit on the Trustee Board. As a Trustee you would take a more strategic and direct role in the decisions of the charity on a regular basis.

Our membership offer will develop, and we’d love to hear from you about what you want it to be.

What types of YFCT membership are there?

We have one membership at YFCT which is open to individuals, corporate bodies and unincorporated organisations such as community groups. When you sign up to become a member, please indicate in which capacity you’re joining in.

How do I become a member?

It’s simple and straight-forward, you just need to complete the form via this link, and you’ll be added to our database and invited to our upcoming AGM and any future events. We’ll confirm your membership by email within 21 days.

What information do you need from me to be a member and how do I know it is safe?

We need your name, address and email address. This information will be kept securely in our system and will not be used for any other purposes, adhering to the requirements under GDPR.

Why does YFCT have a membership?

As a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), YFCT has a membership base which supports the charity. This means that the charity can be shaped and guided by a wide and diverse body of people with the needs of the charity’s beneficiaries at its centre.

The charity was started up in April by the current Trustee Board but needs and will rely on its membership to shape the forthcoming agenda and priorities for the coming months and years.

Having a membership helps to keep the Trustee Board accountable and supports the transparency of the charity and its activities. Having an active and engaged membership helps keep the needs of beneficiaries at the forefront of the charity.

What does it mean to be a member?

As an YFCT member you have the opportunity to drive the charity forward, influence what we do and how we do it, and make a difference to your community. You will be asked to exercise your powers as a member to further the purposes of the charity.

Membership of the CIO is open to anyone who is interested in furthering YFCT’s purpose.

What do I have to do as a YFCT member?

As a member you are entitled to attend and/or vote at general meetings, making decisions on the direction and operation of the charity.

At the Charity’s Annual General Meeting, as a member you will be entitled to stand for one of the vacant Trustee positions, and/or vote for who you think should sit on the Trustee Board. As a Trustee you would take a more strategic and direct role in the decisions of the charity on a regular basis.

Our membership offer will develop, and we’d love to hear from you about what you want it to be.

What types of YFCT membership are there?

We have one membership at YFCT which is open to individuals, corporate bodies and unincorporated organisations such as community groups. When you sign up to become a member, please indicate in which capacity you’re joining in.

How do I become a member?

It’s simple and straight-forward, you just need to complete the form via the link below and you’ll be added to our database and invited to our upcoming AGM and any future events. We’ll confirm your membership by email within 21 days.

What information do you need from me to be a member and how do I know it is safe?

We need your name, address and email address. This information will be kept securely in our system and will not be used for any other purposes, adhering to the requirements under GDPR.

Click here to sign up to become a member

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