Last updated: September 2019
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Last updated: 25th September 2019
The following policy applies to all volunteers who have Centrepoint email accounts:
When sending emails to other volunteers or to Centrepoint members on behalf of Centrepoint, volunteers may choose whether to use their personal email account or their Centrepoint email account, though the latter is strongly recommended for the following reasons:
To protect our volunteers from unwanted emails: our volunteers liaise with external organisations and/or other members (e.g. when organising events). While rare, it can happen that an organisation or member becomes "a nuisance" sending unwanted emails. If the volunteer is using a Centrepoint email address we can simply change the email address so that the offending emails are no longer received (as opposed to the volunteer having to change their personal email address).
To protect our volunteers' data: a volunteer cannot be certain what happens to an email which they send to an organisation and/or member - Is it forwarded and if so to whom? Is it added to a database for future mailings? Therefore using a Centrepoint email address is less risky than using a personal email address to make contact.
To present a professional image of Centrepoint: we think that if organisations and members receive emails from multiple Centrepoint volunteers it is helpful for them to experience the same "brand". By using Centrepoint emails we can ensure that we are all using standard fonts and signatures.
To help future volunteers who take over a role at Centrepoint: it can be very useful for volunteers to see the email history for the roles they take on e.g. a new Trip Organiser volunteer to see emails about past events. By using a Centrepoint email account for Centrepoint business it means that all relevant emails are stored for future volunteers to access if necessary
If volunteers forward any emails from their Centrepoint email accounts to their personal email accounts, they must ensure that the emails are deleted from their personal accounts once they have been dealt with and are only stored in their Centrepoint email account.
When sending an email to multiple members the “BCC” (Blind Carbon Copy) option should be used rather than the “To” option so that members’ email addresses are not divulged to each other. An exception to this is when a Centrepoint group has agreed that their email addresses can be shared amongst each other.
Last updated: 4 June 2019
The Non-Member Attendance at Centrepoint Events Policy applies to all events that are organised by Centrepoint, either on- or off-site. The rules for non-member attendance vary by event type as detailed below.
Note. Standard members include all people living in a household that has paid the annual membership fee. Non-members are therefore anyone else.
Non-members can attend aperos and are charged CHF 10 to attend.
Non-members cannot attend Centrepoint Groups. To join, they must become a Centrepoint member.
Non-members can attend a couple of these events but should then be requested to join Centrepoint. If they do not wish to join, then the non-member should be informed that they can no longer attend. A weekly sign in sheet will track attendance, noting non-members.
Non-members can attend one session. Sometimes a second session is provided if the non-member needs to attend another group to ensure the best language level is found. If they decide to join a group then they must become a Centrepoint member. If they do not wish to join, then the non-member should be informed that they can no longer attend.
The Conversation Group Board Members check that attendees are members of Centrepoint and follow up with any attendees who are not.
Non-members cannot typically attend these events (but see exceptions below). If the event organiser is uncertain whether a person is a member or not, they can either check with Membership (if the request to attend is made in advance) or ask the person when they attend the event.
Exception 1: If an event is under-subscribed by the booking deadline date (usually one week before an event) then event organisers/presenters can invite non-members to make up the numbers. If the event is chargeable, non-members should be charged the same fee as members.
Exception 2: If a member asks to bring a house-guest, i.e. a friend or family member staying with them, then up to two house-guests may be considered as being part of the household, but this is at the discretion of the event organiser and should not be included in the notice advertising the event. The following procedure should be followed:
- If places are restricted and there is a ballot process, then members will be prioritised over house-guests.
- If places are restricted and it is first come, first served, then members will be prioritised until a week before the event.
- If places are unrestricted (i.e. no maximum limit), then house-guests can be accepted.
If the event is chargeable, non-members/house-guests should be charged the same fee as members.
Non-members cannot typically attend these events (but exception 2 outlined above applies).
Non-members are welcome to attend vernissages.
Non-member attendance at any events that do not fall under the above categories must be agreed by the Board before the event is advertised.
Should any query or dispute arise when following this policy, it should be raised to the Secretary for consideration and resolution.
Last updated: June 2020
Centrepoint uses photographs in its various communications channels including the Horizon newsletter, the weekly briefing email, the website and social media platforms. Centrepoint also uses photographs in marketing materials such as posters, flyers and external media articles.
Wherever possible Centrepoint uses photographs that have been taken by Centrepoint members so that permission to publish the photographs can be easily obtained. If it is necessary to use a photograph from a source other than a Centrepoint member, then the relevant copyright laws will be observed.
Photographs taken at Centrepoint events/activities may include the participants. The following procedures apply:
1. Where members are asked to register in advance for an event/activity at which photographs may be taken, the registration email will confirm that photographs may be taken and will request that any member not wishing to have their photograph taken should inform the organiser, either by replying to the registration email or by informing the organiser at the start of the event/activity.
2. Where there is no event/activity pre-registration but there is registration at the door, there will be a sign on the registration desk or notice on the registration form informing participants that photographs may be taken. If a member does not wish to have their photograph taken, they should inform the event/activity organiser and the photographer.
3. Where there is no advance or at the door registration for an event/activity then, if a member does not want their photograph to be taken and sees a photographer, they should inform the photographer.
4. Whenever possible photographers at Centrepoint events/activities should also ask people if they mind having their photograph taken before taking a photograph.
5. If it is intended to identify people in a photograph by name in a communication, then this must be made clear to the people in the photograph and verbal or written consent obtained by the person wishing to use the photograph.
6. Photographs of children up to 18 years of age will not be taken without the permission of their parents or guardians. Photographs of children’s faces, which could identify them will not be used.
7. Any photographs taken at Centrepoint events/activities for use in communications and marketing materials will be stored securely.
In addition to the above procedures, if a member sees a photograph of themselves on any Centrepoint communication and wishes to have it removed, they should either contact a Board member or email info[at]centrepoint.ch stating their objection and the photograph will be removed as soon as reasonably possible.
Note. The above policy also applies to videos/films.