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Writing a constitution

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A constitution is the governing document of your organisation that details your purposes and the rules and decision making structures.

Once you have decided on your legal form you will need to write a governing document. Depending on your legal form a governing document might be called various things including a constitution, rules, deed and memorandum and articles of association.

NCVO have partnered with Bates Wells solicitors to bring Get Legal to provide a range of legal documents for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Get Legal has collated the following links to provide model governing documents:


The Charity Commission also has guidance on How to write your charity’s governing document.

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