Core membership

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. 

We know who we are here for, and we’re proud of our unique role in the sector.

Member focused: 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.

Voices heard: When we ask for our members’ views on policy or a current issue, they know their unique voice will be heard and represented.

Drawing on the hive mind: 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.

Small and mighty: And when we speak on their behalf, we speak only for them and the small, local, charities and voluntary organisations they represent

Membership benefits




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 




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 take all our Trustee Board meetings 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.

Our Chief Executive, Jane Ide, regularly speaks at our members' AGMs and training events.

Voice and insight

Telling the story of local sector support and development

Telling the story of local sector support and development

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.  

Telling the story of local sector support and development

Telling the story of local sector support and development

Telling the story of local sector support and development

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 around 13,000 followers, sharing news and updates from our members.

What's new?


· more member roundtables to share knowledge and gather your views on policy issues, so you can be sure your voice is heard on the issues that affect our sector

· two regional events a year, in addition to the national conference – an opportunity to network, share, learn and debate with your peers

· regular CEO Roundups from Jane – a quick summary of the things you really need to know about but just don’t have time to read

· NAVCAConnect – the place to access the NAVCA hivemind. Somewhere for the NAVCA network to share knowledge and debate; closed discussion groups for Chief Officers, for Chairs and for other role-specific groups such as finance officers and communications leads; and a constantly growing resource bank of templates, role profiles, data, research and reports

· an annual ‘new CEOs’ event – whether you’ve been in post six weeks, six months or two years, if you still feel like you’re finding your feet we’ll welcome you into the NAVCA family and give you a helping hand 

· an annual programme of podcasts and webinars designed to bring you knowledge and insight from the sector and beyond, and showcasing learning and best practice from our members

· more bite sized policy briefings tailored specifically to the perspective of local sector support and development

· more research and insight, making the case for local sector support and development at national and local levels

· an exclusive, monthly, Health & Wellbeing Bulletin summarising the top news stories, events and resources from the health and social care sector

· a new Members’ Marketplace, providing a platform for you to promote events, opportunities and services to other members

· And of course a 10% member discount on all NAVCA ticketed events, including the annual conference

Apply to join today

Core and Core PLUS membership is subject to approval by the NAVCA Board of Trustees.  Download the application form here. 

Full Membership application form (doc)


Temporary Membership application form (pdf)