Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre

Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk

Membership

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.

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18 February 2014

NCVO call for evidence on welfare reform

NCVO has launched a national call for evidence around the impact of welfare reforms. The deadline for submitting evidence is 31st March 2014

5 February 2014

Launch of Thriving Places campaign

Together with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, we are pleased to announce the launch of 'Thriving Places', our campaign to develop the VCS role in local economies and the life of local places. We have jointly set out five areas of action for this project and invite you to get involved in this important campaign at a crucial time for the sector. 

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk