Cornwall Community Flood Forum is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – Registered Charity Number 1166604. Our objects as stated in our constitution are: for:
- the benefit of the community, the preservation of human life and prosperity and;
- the benefit of the environment to provide, preserve, maintain, restore and/or improve flood defences and flood protection measures and flood damage remediation in particular in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Our constitution states that membership of the CCFF CIO is open to any individual who is interested in furthering its purposes, and who, by applying for membership, has indicated their agreement to become a member and accept the duty of each member. It is the duty of each member of the CIO to exercise his or her powers as a member of the CIO in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of the CIO.
Full membership of the CIO is only available to individuals who are prepared to take on the formal duties associated with membership, such as attendance and voting at General Meetings. Representatives of community organisations or associations within the area of benefit, whether voluntary or statutory, (including Parish and Town Councils) that exist to alleviate the effects of flooding in line with the objectives of the Forum are welcome and eligible for Associate Membership. An individual who wishes to establish a less formal relationship with the CCFF CIO may also become an Associate Member. In order to ensure that all Members remain active, membership will lapse after a period of three years unless renewed.
Individuals with commercial interests related to flooding and its consequences may be members of the CCFF CIO (Full or Associate), but must adhere to the following conditions of membership:
- Membership is for the individual, not the commercial organisation and is for the purpose of sharing, for the benefit of the community, their knowledge and experience of flood related matters within Cornwall.
- Except where specifically invited (such as being afforded the opportunity to erect a display at the CCFF Annual Conference), CCFF membership must not be used as a vehicle to promote or advertise the commercial organisation.
- Should the CCFF decide to offer marketing and promotion opportunities to the flood resilience industry, for example, through the sponsorship of products or materials, no favouritism can be afforded to Members.
- Should the Member wish to tender for any contract with or work funded by CCFF, their bid shall be evaluated on equal terms with any other contractor. Furthermore, to avoid gaining a commercial advantage, the member shall be excluded from any meetings in which the design of the contract or the tendering process is discussed.
- Members agree to ‘declare an interest’ on any occasion when their commercial interests may be seen to prejudice their views towards CCFF policy or business.
Full and Associate Membership of the CCFF CIO is free of charge and benefits currently include attendance at quarterly meetings, attendance at the annual conference, access to free online flood warden training resources and hands-on support to create and exercise a community flood plan, and a quarterly eNewsletter.