What it means to be a member of Northumberland CVA:
Our mission is to engage, stimulate and inspire the creation and development of strong, sustainable and vibrant communities in Northumberland and the surrounding areas. Becoming a member of Northumberland CVA allows you to show your support for our mission and influence the way we develop in the future.
All of our members, regardless of size, can access our services, be represented by Northumberland CVA and be part of a collective movement of voluntary and community sector organisations across the county. Having a strong and active membership gives us, as a representative for our sector, a clear mandate to represent you as part of the VCSE in Northumberland
Holding membership of Northumberland CVA also allows your organisation to show it meets the minimum requirements for membership of local infrastructure organisations.
Becoming a member of Northumberland CVA is free of charge. Full membership is open to any voluntary and community sector groups, clubs and organisations based within or operating in Northumberland. We also have an Associate level of membership, which is open to non-profit-making organisations such as community interest companies, social enterprises and, if appropriate, parish and town councils.
Our membership offer:
Membership of any organisation carries with it certain benefits and responsibilities.
The benefits of Northumberland CVA membership:
By becoming a member, your organisation will be represented by Northumberland CVA and can access the following benefits:
- Three hours of free support per membership year – This includes, but is not limited to, support around governance, funding, involving volunteers, and organisational development. In addition, members receive a 10% discount on paid services over and above this annual three hours (Our standard hourly charge for non-members is £45).
- Free subscription to our special members-only monthly e-bulletin – Each monthly edition includes enhanced funding news, as well as features on governance, HR and lots more.
- Free online Community Directory listing – Each listing allows the facility of searching for organisations by name, the services they provide, the client groups they work with and the geographical areas of Northumberland in which they work, as well as by venue and by the meeting spaces they offer. Our new, greatly improved Community Directory, due to be launched at the end of October 2021, will also allow organisations to list their individual services on their directory page.
- Free job advertising – Our fortnightly e-bulletin goes out to almost 700 contacts, the vast majority from the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland. What's more, feedback tells us the bulletin is regularly forwarded to countless others. That’s a big audience. Non-members pay £25.00 per listing.
- Priority booking and discounted rates for events/training – Any charged-for events and training offered by Northumberland CVA, Northumberland VCS Assembly and Northumberland Trustees’ Network will be offered at a reduced rate to members of Northumberland CVA.
- Access to our cheque handling service – Some grant-making charitable trusts limit their giving to registered charities, i.e. charities which are registered with the Charity Commission, but some of our local community groups are too small or don't want to become a charity and so may need to ask a charity intermediary to accept funds on their behalf. In such cases Northumberland CVA is able to act as the intermediary for its members for a charge of £10 per cheque to cover administration costs.
- Northumberland CVA voting rights – Full members of Northumberland CVA are entitled to vote at the Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary Meetings of Northumberland CVA and to stand for election to our Board of Trustees.
- Reduced rates for room hire at Northumberland CVA premises – Our premises on Station road in Ashington include conference and meeting room facilities, which are available at a reduced rate for members.
- Reduced rates for hire of Northumberland CVA equipment – We have a range of equipment, such as projectors, screens and a PA system available for short term hire at reduced rates for members.
- Reduced rates for office services – Northumberland CVA can offer photocopying, printing, typing, laminating and mail-out services to its members at reduced rates
The main contact for your organisation will also receive automatic subscription to our very popular fortnightly e-bulletin and automatic membership of our Northumberland VINe group email support network, and anyone else in your organisation can also sign up.
It is easy to unsubscribe from any of our communications if you find they are no longer relevant for you.
Your responsibilities as a member of Northumberland CVA:
We want Northumberland CVA to be a catalyst for positive change by delivering high quality services, and providing strong networks and leadership that allow the sector to grow and develop to enhance our communities. As a member, your organisation has a responsibility to ensure Northumberland CVA is representative of and is effectively representing the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland, and that our services fulfil the needs of our users.
As a member, you have a responsibility to support our work in the following ways:
- AGM - In order to represent our members effectively, it is important that the make-up of our board of trustees accurately reflects the nature of the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland, and so it is a responsibility of those organisations holding full Northumberland CVA membership to make every effort to attend our AGM and to vote when our trustees stand for election or re-election.
- Surveys – We expect our members, full and associate, to respond if we ask for your feedback on our services so we can monitor and evaluate our activities to ensure we are meeting the needs of our members and of any other groups and individuals who access our services. As part of our work we also gather evidence on the health of our sector in Northumberland - on whether it is surviving or thriving - so we can target our resources as effectively as possible and contribute to local, regional and national data that can influence policy and we would expect our members to respond to such requests for evidence where they are relevant to their work.
- Networks/Forums - Voluntary and community sector networks and forums give participants great platforms to exchange experiences and ideas, to promote good practice and to raise any common issues that we could take up on behalf of the sector. We encourage all our members to join any of our networks that are pertinent to their work.
To become a member:
Simply complete and submit our new online Northumberland CVA Membership Application Form. All submitted applications for membership will be considered by our panel as promptly as possible.
Updating your membership details:
We'd like to be able to easily maintain contact with our members, but it's a fact of life that things change and people move on. If you are already a member, but there have been changes within your organisation you'd like us to know about that would help us to keep in contact with you and you to access our services, please complete our online Membership Update Form.
For more information on membership:
Contact Jackie Auld, Information & Communications Officer, for more information about membership, or if you'd prefer a paper copy of the application form:
- Landline: 01670 858688