Our Structure & Funding
WAMES is a fully constituted voluntary organisation run according to the guidelines laid down by the Charity Commission. We became a registered charity in November 2011. Our work is governed by written policies about confidentiality, equal opportunities, volunteering, protection, trustees and grievance procedures.
The governing committee consists mainly of people with ME and carers, and is elected by members at the AGM every March. They are responsible for implementing the WAMES strategy and carrying out the day to day operation of the Association.
Membership is open to residents in Wales aged 18+ and to organisations based in Wales who support the aims of WAMES. Members join in order to take part in the work but we also welcome volunteers and supporters who are in agreement with our aims, but do not wish to become members.
We have been funded by donations from individuals, ME support groups and professional organisations. In September 2010 we were awarded an Awards for all Wales grant of £5,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for an awareness campaign.