At our AGM, members approved an updated constitution. Key changes include: there are now two main categories of SCVO membership – member and supporter (formerly associate members); and new SCVO member applications will be processed faster than before thanks to improvements in our processes. These changes signal the start of a membership review that will run throughout 2020.
All members and supporters are invited to join the conversation on SCVO membership. What do you / would you value in membership? What do you think of our services? What could we do better? How can we work together to support your organisation and the wider voluntary sector?
What our members use, need and value continues to be the focus of our membership review, working towards it being concluded at the end of this year. Given the current circumstances, the focus, or the ‘what’ of the review, will stay the same, but the ‘how’ we do it will have to adapt.
Our engagement activities for the review had been postponed to enable you and us to focus on supporting our communities. We are now instead planning to engage with our members and hold events online over the coming months. We’ll be sharing details of this through our membership bulletins, and we’ll build opportunities for conversations about the review into any wider interactions members have with SCVO.
We continue to welcome any input, ideas or suggestions on our membership offer, either through our five minute survey (which is anonymous and should only take five minutes to complete) or by contacting Sarah Currie, our membership development manager. We’re always happy to hear from you!
We have taken on board what members have told us about access to funding information and support being, as you would imagine, one of the things valued most. We are therefore currently trialling a new approach, offering free access to Funding Scotland Premium for newly joined members to help manage their funding. Depending on the uptake, we hope this is something that we can offer all members later in the summer.
Gathering experiences and intelligence from our members will help us to ensure that our work to support the sector is focused on the right issues. We’d also love to hear about how our members are adapting to the situation and continuing to provide critical support and services.
We will also be producing regular blogs to keep you posted on progress with the review and these will be published in the fortnightly SCVO members bulletin. If you’re not currently an SCVO member but would like to be kept up to date with the review process, please email our membership team to receive updates.