At the heart of CEYC was a group of dedicated volunteers, aged 16-25, known as the “Core Group”. Roles include the Chair, the Secretary, the Treasurer and three further core group members. In addition, to support their work, there are also three General Synod representatives, a Ecumenical, interfaith and secular organisations co-ordinator and a representative to the British Youth Council.
What did Core Group do?
Core Group endeavoured to keep in communication online, and meet at least twice a year, and usually much more regularly at the discretion of the Chair, to discuss how the organisation might best be run in terms of policy. They organised and facilitated the CEYC meeting and event, and co-ordinated actions that arose from them, and handled communication with other important bodies.
As part of this, they ensured CEYC abided by the constitution and by other necessary legal and ethical frameworks.They publicised and sort to expand the number of young people aware of and involved in the work of CEYC, and looked to steward and put to good use the budget kindly allocated by the Church of England to good use.
Each member of Core Group had a specific responsibility for an area. The roles include: Chair, Secretary, Worship Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Events and Blog Coordinator and Ecumenical, Interfaith and Secular Organisations (EISO) Coordinator. The EISO Coordinator is supported by a Secular Organisations Representative who attended meetings of the British Youth Council and assists the EISO. The Secular Organisations Representative was not part of the main Core Group team, yet had an input.
Most importantly, each member helped to maintain CEYC’s vision to be biblically led, prayerfully led and love-centred.
What do the Synod Representatives do?
The Synod reps are enabled to go to the Church of England’s national meeting, General Synod, held 2-3 times per year, and, though they are non-voting members, they are able to discuss with others and speak in debates, thus giving a voice and influence for young people in important decisions in the Church. Their work is essential, as CEYC intends to be inclusive and give value to all viewpoints, both within and outside the Church.
What was the election process and term?
We valued democracy and equality of opportunity, and thus any person who was a representative for their diocese could put themselves forward for one of the core group roles. There was no discrimination or prejudice to any member even if they’d already served on Core Group. The other reps presented at full council meetings (which include not only Core Group, but those diocesan reps which are in attendance), then passed a vote by secret ballot under the single transferable vote system, a form of proportional representation, to ensure fair election. The term of elected individuals was two years.