We're finding recently that some people are feeling very confused about the various memberships we offer - and that's perfectly understandable given that we often talk about the three entities almost in the same breath, so here's a quick rundown on each of the memberships we offer with links to find our more:
Now in our 30th year of providing support to the voluntary and community sector (and previously operating under the name Wansbeck CVS), Northumberland CVA is an independent membership organisation offering infrastructure support for the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland. It is a charity and a company limited by guarantee.
We provide information, support and training on funding, governance, project development and volunteer involvement to help voluntary and community groups operate safely and legally and support them to grow and thrive. We also represent the interests of the voluntary and community sector at a strategic level, working with key local partners across all sectors. In addition, Northumberland CVA offers a range of Specialist Services including intensive funding support, bespoke training, business planning, project management and monitoring, as well as payroll services.
Having a strong membership helps us to achieve our mission to engage, stimulate and inspire the creation and development of strong, sustainable and vibrant communities in Northumberland and the surrounding areas.
Membership of Northumberland CVA is free and open to any voluntary and community sector groups, clubs and organisations based within or operating in Northumberland, regardless of size.
Becoming a member of Northumberland CVA allows you to show your support for our mission and influence the way we develop in the future. Membership also offers a range of valuable benefits.
Why not join us. We’d love to have you as a member of Northumberland CVA. Visit www.northumberlandcva.org.uk/about/membership to find out more about the benefits of membership, and download a membership application form.
Northumberland Trustees' Network:
As a result of a scoping exercise in 2014 on the needs of trustees, Northumberland CVA (then operating as Wansbeck CVS) was asked to lead on the creation of a new network for trustees and we were awarded two small grants from The Hadrian Trust for that purpose. Following consultation, Northumberland Trustees’ Network was launched in June 2016.
Membership of the network is free to trustees of organisations that are members of Northumberland CVA as well as to any groups in Northumberland with an income below £10k. It costs less than £1 per week (£50 per year) for others.
The network offers access to a huge online bank of over 400 resources that offer guidance in every aspect of a trustee's role and members receive additional monthly e-bulletins featuring changes in the law and updates on essential guidance. Find out more about the network at www.northumberlandtrustees.org.uk.
Northumberland VCS Assembly:
The Assembly is an inclusive, independent and influential voice for the voluntary and community sector in the county. It is a mechanism for better engagement and influence with public sector partners and strategic partnerships to shape and respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in Northumberland.
The Assembly is currently being facilitated by Northumberland CVA under our Northumberland County Council VCS Support Services commission. It is a separate entity and is not a part of Northumberland CVA. It has a democratically elected Executive Committee of twelve members, drawn from across the spectrum of Northumberland’s Voluntary and Community Sector. Find out more about Northumberland VCS Assembly at vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/.