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Member roles

We recognise that most people who want, and should, be involved in Edge Fund often have other commitments so we don’t want to make demands on people’s time that will stop them taking part. You don’t need to take part in every round or every part of the process. The only thing we ask is that you let us know how much you might be able to do so we can make arrangements if we need to.

Members

We don’t have a board or committee who make decisions about how Edge Fund is run or who receives funding; all our members are our decision-makers. During member meetings we decide together about any changes in the way that we work as an organisation. We collectively decide how ours funds should be distributed. This includes rating applications by email or post and attending a final meeting where funds are given out. Decision-making for a round lasts around 2 months, with a review meeting a month afterwards. The time commitment of members could be around 2 days over this period, comprising time spent reading applications and one or two meetings. There is a lot of flexibility for members, for example, whilst we would like members to come to the final meeting and review meeting, this is not mandatory. Also, if members only have time to look at a small number of applications that’s fine. So, members tell us how much time they’d like to contribute and we work around that.

Once you’ve become a member, there are several other activities you might want to get involved in:

Community Committees and Advisory Groups

Our Community Committees are first to see and score the applications relating to their own community/ identity and give advice to the membership from their perspective and experience of working in the field. They keep an eye on the process to help ensure it is as fair as possible and may also be asked for their help to reach out to communities and networks, for example, advising on wording of leaflets or being a contact point.

Similarly, the Advisory Groups are the first to see and score applications relating to issues they are actively involved in. The Advisory Groups are based on issues rather than being specific to communities. At the moment we have an environment group and a political and economic systems group.

The time commitment for a Community Committee or Advisory Group member might be around 4-6 days over the 3 months (the time it takes for a round, including the review meeting). However, we are always flexible, especially if people can tell us in advance if they feel unable to do the work at certain times.

Facilitating Group

The Facilitating Group (FG) take some pressure off members by doing admin work behind the scenes, such as preparing agendas and proposals for meetings. The FG give support to the co-ordinator, perhaps by looking over articles and leaflet text, or helping to organise meetings such as finding suitable venues. Other things might come up, like opportunities to attend or speak at events or issues relating to donations and banking, which the co-ordinator will often consult the FG about. They also review comments from members about new member requests and make the final decisions on new members. All decisions made by the FG will be minuted and can be reviewed by members.

It is hard to estimate how much time this might take as it varies from time to time and the role is still very new, but it should take no longer than 2 or 3 days a month depending on how much time people have available.

Email the Facilitating Group on: facilitators-@-edgefund.org.uk (without the dashes)

Working Groups

Fundraising Group
All things to do with raising money for Edge!
Email the group on: fundraising-@-edgefund.org.uk (without the dashes)

Communications Group
All types of communication, including social media, leaflets, articles, video, press releases etc.
Email the group on: comms-@-edgefund.org.uk (without the dashes)

Sharing Group
Building of Edge Fund community. How we can share skills and resources within the membership to ensure we offer more than just small amounts of money to a few groups? This might also include some work to make it clear who we support and how.
Email the group on: sharing-@-edgefund.org.uk (without the dashes)

Welcome Group
Recruiting members and welcoming new members, ensuring they have all the information and contacts they need etc.
Email the group on: welcome-@-edgefund.org.uk (without the dashes)

Influencing Funders
Working with other funds to encourage and support more democratic, accountable and transparent processes.
Email the group on: funders-edge-@-lists.riseup.net (without the last two dashes)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2014 12:03 am

    I’m very interested in getting involved in the work that you’re doing and would like to apply to become a member. I am not under 25 and I live in south-east England, but I continue to face discrimination as I undertake humanitarian work in service to people with disabilities in Sierra Leone. I look forward to hearing from you and would encourage you to visit my blog for more information about why I believe we could engage in a mutually beneficial relationship. Wishing you all the very best with your invaluable work. Thank you so much. Michele http://micheledacosta.wordpress.com

  2. alacommunitytheatregalway permalink
    August 21, 2014 9:46 pm

    I live in Galway, Ireland. I am the voluntary project director of ALa. Within the organization there are four full time people and a large number of dedicated voluntary workers. No one is paid within ALa but we believe that what we are doing is of benefit to the community.and that is our reward.

    ALa is an organization that primarily use Theatre of the Oppressed (TO)

    Due to our campaigning work and working with people with disabilities, including Assylum Seekers our funding has been cut by 80% over the past 5 years.

    One of our Forum Theatre productions is ‘Divide & Conquer’ about how communities can be divided by vested interests. It can be any issue but as an example we use Fracking. We have continuous requests from communities to perform the presentation. As these groups have little funding the cast do it for expenses only and receive no financial reward.

    In some cases where Fracking is not an issue Spec-Actors ( audience) identify with other issues within their communities such as pylons etc.

    Not been satisfied with this alone we run regular introduction to TO facilitation training followed by further training opportunities with the top world facilitators such as Julian Boal, Gavin Crichton, Andrew Jackson and many more. We are training people to use Advocacy methods in their own community and are building a support network to help them.

    Our next Introduction to TO is with a group in Belfast together with Galway people followed by an advanced training weekend course is with Sanjoy Gangulyof Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed, India in October.

    We are passionate about TO and wish to continue our work despite lack of funding even if it costs us financially and in personal time.

    While I would love to offer to help time does not permit me to make a commitment to doing so for to do so will be unfair to you.

    Jim Aherne – Project Director ALa

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