This CPALC Best Practice Guide is for individuals and groups who want to set-up a community group.

  • It is worth noting that town, parish and community councils do NOT have a constitution as they are statutory bodies.
  • The powers, duties and roles of town, parish and community councils along with those of councillors and clerks are defined in legislation.

This guide is a broad listing of those matters that should be considered whilst drafting and adopting a constitution for your community group. 


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Why have a constitution

Identify a name for the group

Set out the group's objectives

Establish membership rules

Forming a management committee

Establishing procedures for committee meetings

Establishing procedures for the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Establishing procedures for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

Establishing the group's financial procedures

Establishing procedures for constitutional change



It should be remembered that every community group is different.


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