Camerados is about the movement and the folk in it, behind the scenes though a small collection of people support what happens, they are the AoC (Association of Camerados), the Camerados Council, our funders and folk that support the work we do.
Who are the AoC?
The Association of Camerados (AoC) are the small merry band of folk who passionately believe that we can all be camerados, they support the movement by;
Inspiring people to be camerados through; art, stories, podcasts and speaking at places as diverse as large conferences to chats in a village hall.
Creating the resources for communities, schools/colleges/universities, hospitals and GP practices, and other institutions to enable them to open Public Living Rooms and spread the movement.
Connecting folk across the movement via campfires, SpoonRooms, social media, newspapers and sharing of stories.
The Camerados Council comprise folk from the movement who help keep it on mission, by acting as a support and challenge function to the small team at AoC. ‘Preservation over mission’ is very important to the AoC and it wants to create a transparent way of governing that ensures this doesn’t happen.
For over a year the movement folk on the Council have received a monthly short film from the Directors of AoC keeping them updated with progress, followed by a Q&A zoom call. Although the Council has no legal responsibility, their reflections on the last year have been priceless, constantly reminding AoC about the difference of running an organisation compared to a movement. Have a look at the Council’s annual reflection here and AoC’s response here. It’s this transparency of governance that the Camerados movement wants to embrace.
Talking of transparency some of the Council/AoC interaction last year was great, some of it wasn’t so easy so we’re looking at improving it going forward, so watch this space for some exciting news to come and if you want to be part of the Council drop us a line at email@example.com for the next time we’re recruiting, probably in Autumn 2020.
Our funders and supporters
Support for camerados sometimes comes from folk that aren’t members of the movement although they are huge camerados to us!
A maaoosive thanks to our funders the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and the Lankelly Chase Foundation who have both supported us from very early on and continue to now. The AoC was, in March 2020, awarded another 5 years funding from the NLCF to help us grow the movement.
Other mentions to those who give us advice and practical help when we need it; Practical Governance, Sheffield Hallam University, Conscious U, Higgs Printers, Niki Peach Designs….. and many more, sorry if we’ve forgotten to mention you!
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