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 the local sector support and development community.
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.
For all our members we are just a phone call away in times of crisis and change. 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 offer the NAVCA Quality Award – the industry standard for local sector support and development organisations, available only and exclusively to NAVCA members.
And every member is a valued part of the NAVCA family – the only network in England solely and specifically for local sector support and development organisations
Covid permitting, we visit members in every corner of England, from the north east to the south west and all points beyond, to hear directly from them about the work they are doing, the challenges they are facing and the successes they are celebrating.
We are currently holding our Trustee Board meetings online but we hope to resume taking them out to our members, offering them the chance to join the meeting, share their stories with our Trustees and raise any concerns they may have.
We regularly speak at our members' AGMs and training events.
We run a specialist network for anyone working or volunteering with our members on communications. Whether that's social media, newsletters, e-bulletings, websites, surveys, making video - 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.
As an active member of the Health & Wellbeing Alliance we are leading a major project to develop ‘Single Point of Contact’ (SPOC) in the context of delayed discharge from hospital, with NAVCA members right at the heart of the programme.
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.
Following the devastating events of the summer of 2017 we have highlighted and championed the role of our members in response to critical incidents. We’re now leading a key piece of work with the Charity Commission to embed the response of the VCS into major incident planning.
And our annual conference offers a packed day of forward thinking and provocative subject matter. In 2017 our Future Forward event was attended by more than 90 members and other delegates, and over 300 people have since watched the livestream of the day.
Our weekly newsletter LINX goes to more than 1,000 subscribers every week, delivering updates from and for our members and the wider VCSE sector.
Our website focuses firmly on the work and achievements of our members.
We provide all our members with free job advertising and the opportunity to publicise events and services.
And every day we tweet to over 17,000 followers, sharing news and updates from our members.
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