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Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre

Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301


Voluntary Sector North West members (many of whom are themselves membership organisations) are expected and encouraged to act as channels of communication between VSNW and more local voluntary and community groups so that information can be shared at all levels of the voluntary sector.  Voluntary Sector North West does not try to take the place of local organisations working at the local level.

The Benefits of Membership

  • By joining Voluntary Sector North West your organisation will be a part of strategic voluntary sector network in the North West.
  • Voluntary Sector North West provides an opportunity to meet voluntary organisations and share good ideas from all over the region.
  • Voluntary Sector North West’s membership of the North West Regional Assembly and close links with the Regional Development Agency and Government Office provides access to important networks and decision-makers at regional level.
  • You can be part of policy debates and help to influence the development of the north west.
  • Voluntary Sector North West’s work on European issues - urban and rural - helps voluntary and community groups to make a strategic input into European policy and practice in the region.

How Do We Join?

There are 2 types of Voluntary Sector North West membership - Full and Associate. The annual membership fee for both categories is £20.  

Full Membership

This is open to any voluntary or community organisation that agrees to support and promote Voluntary Sector North West’s aims and to abide by the terms of its constitution and rules.   

Your organisation must be formally constituted as an autonomous, democratic organisation independent of national and/or local government, as evidenced by:

  • submitting a copy of its adopted governing document with its application for membership;
  • having a membership open to all relevant persons or bodies without restrictions not relevant to its purposes;
  • having a governing body the majority of the members of which are nominated and elected by and from its membership.

If you are not sure if you are a voluntary organisation please see Definition of A Voluntary Organisation.  Alternatively join as an Associate member.

How to Join as a Full Member?

Please complete the Membership Form and either attach or send by post a copy of your governing document. All applications will be considered and determined by the Board of Trustees, which may request further information.

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to any individual or to any organisation which does not meet the criteria for full membership of Voluntary Sector North West, but which agrees to support and promote the purposes of Voluntary Sector North West and to abide by the terms of its constitution and rules. Associate Members pay a subscription, and receive all the rights also offered to Full Members (mailings, conferences and discounts) with the exception of voting or nomination rights.

How to Join as an Associate Member?

Please complete the Membership Form.

Featured News

3 July 2015

Survey launched: Is the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to commissioning VCSE organisations?

 We have been told that VCSE organisations find the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to having their services commissioned by the NHS.  Consequently NHS chief, Simon Stevens, committed to exploring a shorter version of the NHS Standard Contract for low-value contracts, in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Regional Voices, working with NHS England, is carrying out this survey to help understand specific issues which organisations have experienced in using the NHS Standard Contract. We expect the survey to take no more than 15 minutes. The survey will close at 10am on 27 July.

Take the survey about the NHS Standard Contract for VCSE organisations.

More information about VCSE commissioning issues in health and wellbeing and the background to this work on the Standard Contract.

NHS England will undertake its annual, wider, consultation in preparation for the 2016/17 Contract later this year, which VCSE organisations will also be invited to participate in.

If you have any queries about this survey, or would like any support filling it in, contact Emma Baylin or Yoshiko Stokoe on 0113 394 2300 or email

29 June 2015

£20 million Local Sustainability Fund launched

The fund, which will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will provide grants that will enable recipients to implement organisational changes and access professional advice

24 June 2015

Urgent - make sure your voice is heard on health and care

You can ensure that your voice is heard by completing the Universty of Durham and NHS England surveys on public health reforms and the NHS standard contract

10 June 2015

English Devolution: Local Solutions for a Healthy Nation

We are pleased to be featured in this Local Government Association publication about devolution and health 

1 June 2015

2015 NW Health and Care Learning Awards Announced

This year's winners of the North West Adult Learners’ Week Awards in Health and Social Care have been announced. VSNW have collaborated with Health Education North West and North West Employers to promote and celebrate these awards 

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301