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Preamble is an online social enterprise dedicated to empowering, connecting and supporting workers aged around fifty and over.

Our core functions include curating useful and interesting work related information, managing a jobs network, hosting events and finding relevant opportunities for further learning.

This constitution exists to guide our operations and ensure a thriving, inclusive, and sustainable community.

1 | Purpose and values

1.1 Our purpose is to:

  • Build a vibrant online community for older workers and people and organisations looking to employ older workers

  • Foster connections, knowledge sharing, mutual support and life-long learning, ultimately contributing to our members well-being, career advancement, financial security and social engagement as they transition into retirement.

1.2 We uphold the following values within our community:

  • Respect: We treat all members with dignity and courtesy, regardless of their background, experience or abilities

  • Inclusivity: We foster a welcoming environment for our members and all older workers, regardless of their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other personal characteristic

  • Collaboration: We encourage our members to share their knowledge, experiences and skills in order to support and learn from each other

  • Lifelong learning: We promote continuous learning and skill development opportunities for older workers to help them adapt and thrive in an ever changing world

  • Empowerment: We support our members in achieving their personal and professional goals, advocating for their rights and interests and challenging ageism in the workplace and society

  • Transparency and accountability: We are committed to operating openly, honestly and with financial accountability towards our members and stakeholders.

2 | Membership

2.1 Eligibility: Membership of the community is open to:

  • Individuals who are choosing to keep working or who are looking for work regardless of their employment status, location or background

  • Individuals or organisations who are looking for workers aged around 50 or older 

  • Any individual or organisation wishing to support older workers. 

2.2 Membership types: Membership types are currently identified as:

  • Current: Membership to is free. Membership will remain free until the Board believes the organisation has sufficient momentum (measured in membership numbers and membership/community activity) to allow the introduction of membership fees.

  • Planned: When the Board believes the organisation has sufficient momentum to allow the introduction of membership fees, it will introduce a membership structure which recognises the potential differences in financial capacity between individuals, small businesses and larger organisations.

These tiers are described as:

  • M1: Open to individuals and organisations with 10 or less people

  • M2: Open to organisations with 11-50 people

  • M3: Open to organisations with 51+ people

2.3 Membership rights and responsibilities: All members have the right to:

  • Access the platform and its features

  • Participate in discussions, forums and events

  • Share their knowledge and experiences

  • Vote on community decisions.

All members are responsible for:

  • Maintaining a respectful and inclusive environment

  • Abiding by our community guidelines and code of conduct

  • Using the platform responsibly and ethically.

3 | Governance and decision-making

3.1 Leadership: is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the social enterprise

  • Overseeing the financial management of the enterprise

  • Appointing a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to manage the day-to-day operations.

3.2 Decision-making: Decisions on major issues affecting the community, such as platform upgrades, policy changes and resource allocation, will be made through a combination of:

  • Board votes

  • Community feedback mechanisms (surveys, forums etc).

3.3 Transparency and accountability: The Board will provide regular updates to the community on its activities, financial performance and decisions made.

4 | Board of Directors

4.1 will establish a Board of Directors.

In the first instance, the Board may be between five and seven members. Board members will be selected for their ability to bring a range of experience and perspectives relevant to’s mission and plans. This could include Board members who:

  • Have experience in the management of social enterprises
  • Represent older workers
  • ​Represent employers
  • Have business and financial expertise
  • Have legal and policy expertise (the ability to navigate legal and regulatory frameworks related to employment, disability and ageing)

  • Can provide relevant networking opportunities and the ability to connect with relevant organisations

  • Have technology and/or digital expertise.

4.2 Committees: The Board may consider establishing subcommittees focused on specific areas (eg. fundraising, technology, advocacy or governance).

4.3 Term limits: The term limit for all Board members is 3 years with the option to renew.

5 | Financial sustainability operates as a social enterprise, re-investing 100% of its profits back into the enterprise, including content development and website development, capacity building, community and social impact initiatives.

We generate revenue through:

  • Membership fees: Please refer to Item 2.2 Membership Types

  • Corporate partnerships: Collaborations with businesses offering relevant products or services to the community

  • Ticket sales: To non-members for events, courses etc

  • Grants and donations: Fundraising from individuals, foundations and government agencies.

6 | Amendments

This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors or through a vote by the membership.

7 |  Dissolution

In the event of dissolution, any remaining assets after fulfilling all financial obligations will be donated to a charitable organisation aligned with's values and mission.

8 | Effective date

This constitution becomes effective immediately upon its adoption by the Board of Directors.

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We, the members of commit to upholding the principles of this constitution and to work together to create a thriving online community that empowers, connects and supports older workers.

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