Who will make up the committee?
Your student group will need to have at least three committee members: a chair, a treasurer, and a secretary.
You can have as many committee members as you like, but a maximum of eight committee members can be authorised for your accounts. Committees are elected annually in spring.
How much should our group membership cost?
The minimum charge is £3 for student groups; religious and campaigning/fundraising groups can request to be free. Community Volunteering groups must not charge. How much you charge may depend on group running costs e.g. equipment, travel and resources. Most groups charge between £3-£5. If you have any questions, come and ask us, or take a look at what existing groups charge.
As a committee member, what am I responsible for?
As a committee member, you will be responsible for the activities of your group, and thus potentially liable if any injury, damage or accident. You will be responsible for the group’s bank account and ensuring your group is sustainable.
How will we finance our group?
Each group receives £60 as a start-up grant. You have the opportunity to apply for other funding later. The Guild will not give funds for food, drink, events at external venues, t-shirts and campaigning off campus. You’ll raise your funds through membership fees, charging for events, fundraising, or getting sponsorship.
What training and support does the committee have access too?
You will need to complete an online committee training module which covers information about event planning, publicity and finances; and you’ll have access to extra training if required in areas like fundraising.
You can also have help, information and resources from dedicated staff and elected Officers, at any time you can email us or come in and ask any questions, or ask for a meeting to talk in more detail.
We want to start a volunteering group, is there anything else that we need to think about?
Please contact us with your ideas before you complete a form, as there may be legal issues that you might need to consider, such as volunteer selection/recruitment/recognition, child protection or other legal requirements. This also applies to other groups interested in doing any community outreach activity. This sort of activity requires close support from Guild staff to ensure that you’re doing everything that you need to – we’ll try to support you if you want to volunteer in the community, but it may take a little longer for us to work with you in order to best deliver what you want to do.