There are many benefits to being a NAVCA member. Read all about them below.
The NAVCA family is a small one – with under 200 members, we pride ourselves on being as flexible and responsive to individual members’ needs as possible.
And we’re proud of our unique role in the sector.
Every event we host, publication we prepare or benefit we offer is focused directly on the needs of our members.
When we ask for our members’ views on policy or a current issue, they know their unique voice will be heard and represented.
When they need advice or support, we can help them draw on the network of their peers - people who understand completely the work they do and the role they play because they are in the same world.
And when we speak on their behalf, we speak only for them and the small, local, charities and voluntary organisations they represent.
COIN (our Chief Officers’ Information Network) is the place for discussions, debates and requests for advice or guidance, in a safe space provided exclusively for NAVCA member Chief Officers.
We offer advice and support to members facing funding challenges, considering options around merger and collaboration, tackling problems in an organisation they support, or challenging competition from outside the sector.
We have previously offered the NAVCA Quality Award – the industry standard for local sector support and development organisations, available only and exclusively to NAVCA members. We are now in the process of developing the Local Infrastructure Quality Accreditation.
We visit members to hear directly from them about the work they are doing, the challenges they are facing and the successes they are celebrating.
We regularly speak at our members' AGMs and training events.
We hold regular events on topics including diversity and inclusion, volunteering, branding and more. We also hold Regional Members Forums so that our members can network, and we can keep up to date with local projects.
We run a specialist network for anyone working or volunteering with our members on communications. Whether that's social media, newsletters, e-bulletins, websites, surveys, - all are welcome at The Barking Owl.
We make sure our members’ voice is heard by the full range of policy making and regulatory bodies – including the MHCLG, the Home Office, the Office for Civil Society, the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator.
We ensure our members are fully involved in policy consultations and engagement exercises, and we provide regular policy summaries and updates tailored to the perspective of local sector support and development.
NAVCA is supporting National Voices to deliver the coordinator role for the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance). The HW Alliance is a partnership between 18 VCSE sector representatives and the public sector element of the health and care system.
The VCS Emergencies Partnership, in which NAVCA is a partner, is a collective of organisations with the shared aim to improve the timeliness, quality and relevance of support to those who most need it in an emergency.
Our annual conference, Thinking Space, offers members the opportunity to network, hear from keynote speakers, and learn more about different issues within our sector.
We send out our newsletter LINX every fortnight, delivering updates from and for our members and the wider VCSE sector.
Our website celebrates the work and achievements of our members.
We provide all our members with free job advertising.
And every day we tweet to over 17,000 followers, sharing news and updates from our members.
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0114 278 6636.
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