Qultura policies are based on our interpretation of
universal law (via the theory) and The Qultura
Constitution which forms the legislative basis. this is
due to the fact that our mission and objective -
supporting people affected by social exclusion and social
stigma is a highly personal and individual experience, and
our strategy for achieving our mission and objectives is
through cultural development and community support
networks at local community level. Culture varies from
community to community and cultural awareness varies from
person to person.
Therefore our policies are not a set of rules based on any belief system but are based on a common set of principles applicable to everyone. This allows for individual interpretation and belief, and therefore a certain amount of freedom, but freedom carries responsibility and we require clear evidence of these principles in all decisions, choices, communication and actions.
These are policies which define Qultura as an organization, it's objectives and central
Qultura is a Charitable Incorporated Organization which supports people affected by social exclusion and social stigma.
Some people need support and to be reminded of their worth and value as human beings in order to be themselves and to be able to function in a community. Their sense of value and worth is often lost through traumatic life events where they can feel stigmatized, isolated, marginalized or excluded and this can have profound and devastating effects on their lives, health and well being.
Qultura works to create opportunities and exploit possibilities to give back such people a sense of inclusion and value in a community and society through primary social interaction in a way which is effective and sustained.
We define social exclusion as a traumatic social process someone perceives and experiences which can manifest itself after experiencing another social issue or traumatic life experience. It is often caused by social stigma and is a primary factor in suicides and attempted suicides. Social exclusion is always a highly individual and unique experience which involves risk, as an inappropriate support strategy can push someone deeper into social exclusion with more traumatic consequences and it can also very quickly become very resource hungry with little guarantee of recovery.
Our secondary objectives are thus:
providing a platform for survivors of social exclusion to promote increased awareness and understanding of social exclusion, social stigma and its causes to the wider community and public.
working with different organizations, charities and government bodies to develop preventative and failsafe support strategies for those affected by social exclusion.
developing culture and community support networks in local communtiies to provide better infrastructure and access points to prevent social exclusion as much as possible.
POLICY OF OBJECTIVE NEUTRALITY
Qultura policies are based on a combination of universal principles from the interpretation of universal law provided by the Thero of Creativity on which our work is based and also the legal, legislative document of the Qultura Constitution. We are not based on a belief system, and we do not support, endorse, or promote any political, religious or personal belief system, nor do we oppose any such belief system believing the freedom to hold a particular belief is a human right. We reserve the right to speak truth to authority and point out abuse of human rights which is a causative factor in the development of social exclusion.
POLICY OF NON-PROFIT
Qultura is a Charitable Incorporated Organization and by definition non profit and charitable. The content of our website, social media and all materials are copyright and to be shared for charitable purposes only. We do not rent space, employ staff, pay for advertising or marketing, reimburse expenses nor do we actively fundraise or seek to gather resources before a need is established and identified.
The following, known within Qultura as 'The Commitments' form the basis of our policies:
1. Positive well-being.
This relates specifically to maintaining an optimum level of spiritual, mental, emotional
and physical health relative to one's abilities, circumstances and health.
2. Positive interaction.
This relates specifically to developing and maintaining positive relationships with others,
a commitment to understanding rather than assumption and judgment, being able to
relate to others and seeing things from their perspective whilst making the necessary
efforts to allow others to see your's and to confront the issues and problems by seeking
solutions rather than finding fault and blaming others.
3. Positive self-expression.
This relates to a commitment to accept your own individuality and understand that this,
together with your ideas and creativity is the biggest single contribution one can make
to any project. This also relates to a commitment of understanding that your emotions,
thoughts and feelings influence your thinking and behaviour and that your failures and
mistakes provide further opportunities for learning and development, not just for you
but for others. This also requires an understanding that your spiritual, psychological and
emotional development are just as important as your physical and material
4. Positive perception
This relates to a commitment to understanding that others are just as individual as you
are and that this lies behind their biggest contribution to any project, and that
understanding their inner nature and motivations lies more in the relationship between
their soul and mind rather than their appearance, circumstances or social status. This
also implies a commitment to listening and asking questions to gain an understanding
rather than making assumptions.
5. Positive commitment
This relates specifically to sticking to any decision or undertaking once made, even in
the face of difficulties and opposition, until either the conclusion of that decision is
reached and carried out or an admission that the decision was made in error. This also
implies a commitment to working with others and a share in the responsibility for the
completion and success of any project or work undertaken.
6. Positive development
This relates specifically to a commitment to make a positive contribution to the
development of creativity in others through support and inspiration, including people
outside Qultura, and to understand that the positive development in other people
around you, including your immediate social circle, your local community and society
contributes directly to your own positive development.
These are policies which define the role and function of people within Qultura.
Trustees are part of the Governing Body of Qultura and representing the public interest
are formed of up to 12 persons who meet quarterly to review the progress and
development of Qultura as an organization and decide on all matters of policy,
strategy and development. Decisions are made via a consensus basis and any such
decision is regarded as final.
Qultura Trustees typically serve fixed terms of office between 2 and 4 years and anyone
who is a member of the public, a volunteer and/or a beneficiary may become a trustee
provided they have not had any successful action taken against them for any of the
following: fraud, deception, theft, harrassment, assault, or copyright infringement.
Qultura Trustees have access to all membership facilities but may not materially or financially benefit from their involvement with Qultura and they cannot be Qultura members.
Trustees are encouraged to use their experience, knowledge, interests and professional skills for the benefit of Qultura and its development and are welcome to pursue their own creative interests
Meetings are held every three months typically in January, April, July and October with
one meeting open to the public. Trustees are also encouraged to make use of multimedia
and the use of Skype in the event they cannot attend a meeting in person.
The process of recruitment for all trustees is a nomination from the Primary Administrator to existing Trustees who will arrange a meeting with the potential new trustee and a vote taken.
Upon a positive vote that new person becomes a Qultura trustee.
PRIMARY ADMINISTRATOR AND FOUNDER
The Primary Administrator of Qultura is Stella Baker who is responsible for the administration of Qultura as an organization, the mentoring and guidance of volunteers and the implementation of
Qultura's policies, strategy and development as directed by the Trustees.
The Primary Administrator can recruit administrators and support volunteers.
The Primary Administrator works unpaid in her capacity as the head of Qultura.
Participants are those who become involved with Qultura through Reconnection to develop projects and appeals to develop culture and community support networks in local communities. All participants are voluntary and are considered best placed to develop culture and community support networks in their local communities as they have the best possible cultural awareness and knowledge of the community.
ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT
Some participants can become volunteers by joining the Governance group in Reconnection and functioning in the role of administrators and/or support volunteers.
A beneficiary is a participant of Reconnection who places themselves in the Reverse Reconnection group to receive support for a specific project or appeal. Anyone in the Reverse Reconnection group may not be part of the Governance group and must be supported by an unrelated administrator and or support volunteer from the Governance group.
These policies all relate to the various forms of interaction which takes place between
people within and connected with Qultura.
All decisions are made within Qultura by means of consensus to achieve the best possible
decision and to avoid conflicts of interest. Where a consensus cannot be reached the
matter is referred to the Primary Administrator who may offer a consensus position. This
consensus position once decided is offered back to those in dispute who may either accept, modify the consensus to reach their own consensus or reject the offered consensus. In the event of
a rejection of a consensus the matter is referred to the Trustees who will decide the consensus. Any consensus decided by the Trustees is final and cannot be rejected.
Qultura understands that people interacting with each other or working together is
bound at time to result in conflicts and disagreements. The guiding principle is that
every problem has a solution and every conflict and disagreement has a resolution. The
people involved in the conflict or disagreement are required to work towards its
resolution and to have made significant efforts to do so before escalating the conflict.
Escalating the conflict means bringing the conflict into a wider group to reach a
consensus. When significant efforts to reach a consensus have failed then the matter is
referred for arbitration.
Qultura operates an exclusion policy and reserves the right to exclude anyone and
everyone from involvement with Qultura and/or receiving its support as a direct
response to any and all of the following:
any behaviour which is abusive, threatening or otherwise antisocial towards any
other person involved with Qultura, working with Qultura, receiving support from
Qultura or any member of the public whilst in some way involved with or engaged
any misrepresentation of Qultura, it's objectives, values, philosophy, policies,
including the nature, objectives, values, philosophy or policies of any Qultura
any use of Qultura's name, website, image, logo or property to obtain goods,
money or services by deception or fraudulently.
speech, communication or behaviour which is contradictory to the objectives,
philosophy or values of Qultura such as hate speech, bigotry, stigmatization, or
the advocating of socially excluding any person or persons on the basis of their
appearance, behaviour or perceived lifestyle.
breach of policy
any infringement of the stated boundaries of primary social contact with respect
to any beneficiary including all forms of sexual harrassment.
any involvement of any criminal activity from suggestion, proposal and planning
to carrying out and execution whilst involved with Qultura or causing any other
person knowingly or unknowingly to engage in criminal activity.
being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs whilst involved with
any breach of Objective Neutrality
misusing or misappropriating any material, media content or written content or
donation belonging to Qultura for personal gain and profit or the offering of such
to others for sale, hire, rent or any other commercial activity.
In the event of any of the above Qultura reserves the right to exclude someone
permanently from involvement with Qultura including the permanent withdrawal of
Qultura does what it can to meet its objectives, and follow its ethos, philosophy and
policies, act in the public interest and deliver a high quality of support.
Qultura is not a perfect organization. We make mistakes and get things wrong.
In the event of any dispute with Qultura please contact us and we will respond within 48
hours to address the issue. Depending on the nature of the dispute a resolution may
require more time but we always work to resolve all issues.
Qultura welcomes feedback in the form of suggestions, comments, and constructive
criticism and regards such feedback as an important part of our development as an
See Resource policies.
Qultura policies involving the use of media, multimedia and relationship with the media.
All media content generated by Qultura is either original content, royalty free or under
Creative Commons licences. Wherever possible authors, composers and in some cases
artists are attributed. Media content generated by Qultura may be shared on social
media or by e-mail on a strictly non-commercial basis.
Qultura is a signatory to the Protecting Shield which means that anyone involved in any
completed creative project are to receive copies of their creative output.
All media content and design should be based on the current Qultura logos, the three
colours (maroon, off white and grey) and the following fonts:
• Impact Condensed – for headers, slogans, etc
• Source Sans Pro– for content
Multimedia content should be in the following formats; JPG, PNG, FLAC (audio) MP3
(audio) or WMA (audio) and MP4 min. 720p (video). Digital photos should be resized to
800x600 or less for e-mails.
Contact with the media requires the agreement of the Primary Administrator, pioneering volunteer or
trustee. All contact from Qultura to the media is done in the form of a Media Kit (or
A Media Kit should be titled Media Kit and contain content, a photo or image, audio file
or video file (all optional) duplicated by attachment to an e-mail and submitted with
name, e-mail address and contact number of the person who acts as the contact for themedia.
Interviews with the media are given by appointment with subject matter and sample
questions submitted in advance so preparation can be made for the interview. The
details of all beneficiaries and their identities are regarded as confidential as are their
personal histories unless written consent is given by the beneficiary. Qultura does not
guarantee the veracity of any information given in any interview undertaken without
Qultura has a Facebook page, Twitter account and a Youtube account. Access is available on request.
These are policies relating to material and financial assets.
As a charitable organization Qultura maintains a strict policy when it comes to
accounting. Any income received through donations (including the financial value of
goods and services) is to be recorded as are all outgoings and expenditure. Receipts are
to be kept and submitted. Where beneficiaries receive material support details of what
the money was spent on and the amount are to be recorded. This is so we can compile a
detailed financial report every year and remain on good standing with the public.
Any project which requires resources in any form is an Appeal and must be made by someone in the Reverse Reconnection group who has a nominated administrator and if required support volunteer from the Governance group.
Any Appeal is independently administered and must have all of the following:
a specified objective
precise details of the appeal
the agreement and approval of the Governing Body of Trustees.
Upon submitting an appeal it will be assigned a unique ID
Once you have fulfilled all the above requirements you can ask for resources from Qultura Core or seek your own resources independently giving all potential supporters the details of your appeal, i.e. unique ID and objective. You may not change any aspect of the appeal. You can instead cancel an appeal and create a new one. Qultura reserves the right to cancel any appeal on the grounds that it is improperly created or administered. This is usually connected to the Exclusion Policy.
The only exception is a Universal Credir or other benefit claimant experiencing a documented loss of benefits and extreme financial hardship who can get approval from the Primary Administrator instead or their nominated administrator and appeal for essential items - groceries, toiletries, essential household items and appliances, essential clothing and footwear and so on. This exception is intended to be an alternative to the Social Fund.
All beneficiaries of appeals are required to keep financial reports of their appeals and projects and such financial reports are necessary to obtain financial and material support.
Every appeal is required to maintain a budget detailing income and outgoings which
gives a clear breakdown of how the project manages its material and financial
resources. A budget is to be compiled once a project is up and running and should be
recorded monthly with copies submitted to Qultura Core.
Qultura does not reimburse expenses.
Where instances of fraud are discovered those responsible will be subject to the
Exclusion Policy with possible legal action taken against them and notification to a
credit reference agency.
GATHERING RESOURCESThis is done through Pledges and Donations. Donations are accepted only via the Qultura website and secure webpage on PayPal.
HUMAN RESOURCESQultura does not employ any staff but relies purely on volunteers up to and including the Primary Administrator.
All payments are made wherever possible by bank transfer BACS, direct debit or through
Paypal. 24 hours notice is required for cash payments.
Policies can be changed or modified on an interim or provisional basis at any time by the
Primary Administrator and all such changes are subject to confirmation by the Trustees. Usually this takes place at the next available quarterly meeting but may be decided by a special meeting of Trustees.
Trustees can decide on a change of policy at any meeting. Such changes come into
Suggestions for policy changes should be submitted to the Primary Administrator who can decide to implement such changes on a provisional or interim basis or wait until the next Quarterly meeting.
This policy webpages was last updated Thursday 31st August 2017.