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Our constitution

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The National Deaf Children's Society is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Like all registered charities, we have a written constitution which comprises a Memorandum and Articles of Association (Word). These are supplemented by Regulations (Word).

The Memorandum is a formal statement recording the names of the original subscribers when the charity was set up in its current form.

The Articles of Association set out what the charity is for – our purpose (called the ‘objects’) – and what we are allowed to do to achieve those objects. They also describe how we are run and our relationships with members and members’ groups.

The Articles are regularly reviewed to make sure we can continue to meet our purpose, but they can only be changed with the agreement of our members, and for some changes the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. They were last updated in 2023.

The Regulations provide additional detail on membership, members’ groups (including Local Groups), Honorary Officers of the Trustee Board (chair, vice-chair, treasurer, deputy treasurer), and voting arrangements for general meetings. The Regulations are regularly reviewed and, if necessary, updated by our trustees at a Board meeting. They were last updated in 2024.

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