Join the community is owned and run by the community of developers that use the materials on the site and contribute to improving, adapting and updating them.

Members of the community can:

  • create a member profile on the site and link with other specialists in social enterprise organisational structure design
  • post blogs and news items (without asking admin) - which will be sydicated to other social media
  • post and respond to questions on the site forums
  • download and upload word-processable constitutions and other materials in a variety of formats
  • get involved in decision-making on the site and other activities of


What are the other activities of

Currently mainly organising and delivering training seminars on social enterprise organisational structure issues with partner organisations.

In due course, however, we hope to develop partnership bids and other opportunities for development work around organisational structures that will lead to paid work and professional development opportunities for the community of developers.  Our vision is that they will become a recognised network delivering excellent front-line advice and assistance anywhere in the UK to social entrepreneurs and organisations wanting to restructure around social enterprise, and also advice to national sector and government bodies, both in the UK and other countries, on organisational structure issues.



Becoming a member involves buying a £1 share for company membership, but is otherwise free to UK not-for-profit organisations that are formally asset-locked bodies (Charities, Community Interest Companies and some Community Benefit Societies).

For other individuals and organisations, whose use of the site is likely to contribute to their private income, there is a small annual membership charge, currently £10 per fee-earner - so for example a freelance social enterprise advisor will only pay £1 for a share on joining, and £10 per year for membership thereafter; a law firm with 10 lawyers will pay £1 for the share plus £100 per year, and so on.

Remember members also get to vote on key decisions!  - so if you don't like the fee structure, join and get it changed (if you can persuade others of your views).


How do I join?

Click on the 'Create new account' link under the main menu on most site pages, compete the short form and submit it.

You will be asked to check a box indicating that you have read and accept the Socentstructures Social License Agreement which will

  • confirm your freedom to use, share and adapt any of the materials on the site as long as you acknowledge this site as the source, do not charge others for the materials, nor try to license your adpations under more restrictive terms than these;
  • confirm that you will purchase a £1 share in the Socentstructures company, and that you will pay the annual membership fee.

You should receive your membership approval and site access within a few hours.  Details of your company membership will follow once you have paid your membership fee.


Background is a partnership project led by the North East Social Enterprise Partnership (NESEP), a not-for-profit guarantee company owned and run by its member social enterprises in the North East of England.




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