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Our Members

Jonathan Slater Chair of Hull CVS Trustees delivering a speech

Hull Community and Voluntary Services (Hull CVS) was established in 1981 with the aim of supporting the development of voluntary and community groups and volunteering in Hull.

Our purpose is to support the development and sustainability of the voluntary and community sector and enable local communities to live more independently. Our mission is to bring together organisations to share information and good practice, enabling the sector to work more effectively, whilst delivering services and projects to support our sector and our communities. Our vision is to nurture and support a vibrant voluntary and community sector, that is responsive, listened to and valued.

Hull CVS is a membership organisation which means that eligible individuals and organisations are invited to become members and support the advancement of the above aims, and to be a voice and contributor to the development of the voluntary and community sector in Hull.

The services offered by Hull CVS is available to all groups and organisations within Hull’s voluntary sector, however discounted offers are available to our membership.

Therefore by becoming a member of Hull CVS, you become part of a growing network of organisations dedicated to championing and advancing the sector, plus you gain access to a range of benefits for your own organisation.

Benefits of becoming a member of Hull CVS

We are constantly reviewing our offer to members, but as standard you will have access to:

Being a member of Hull CVS enables you to benefit from discount on the following:

  • Hull CVS Training – We offer a wide range of training to the sector where possible members receive a discount on advertised prices.
  • Room Hire – Whether it’s for a small meeting or large conference, our exceptional facilities at Centre 88 on Saner Street and The Strand on Beverley Road are well equipped to meet your needs, with members receiving a discount price.
  • Digital Solutions – We provide bespoke and cost effective web design and hosting packages to support organisations meet their digital potential, with members being eligible for a discount on these services.

Members will be given first access to a range of specialist development packages and other support that Hull CVS is able to negotiate the provision of with partners from time to time, which can include specialist training, marketing, and consultative support.

Promote your group’s work through our website with 2000 visitors a month and our monthly e-newsletter, which goes out to over 1500 people in Hull. There
will be a regular member’s news section within the newsletter to really highlight your good
work.

Members will receive a certificate of membership that can proudly be displayed within your premises. This can also be included in applications for funding as evidence of striving for best practice, accessing relevant training and being open to partnership/collaborative working across the sector.

The ability to elect our Board of Trustees at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), apply to stand as a Trustee yourself and vote on important matters of the charity.

What commitment is required of CVS members?

We know how busy everyone is in today’s climate and we want to make sure that your time is committed to fulfilling your charitable activities. Therefore, we do not ask a lot of your time, but we do ask that organisations see membership as a two way relationship and commit to our membership objectives, and in return we want to make sure you are getting the optimum support from us as an organisation.

Therefore in return for the support and services our membership provides, we ask that members commit to the following:

Our team have a wide range of skills and experience that is available to support voluntary sector organisations, so if you need support with policies, business solutions, training or funding please don’t hesitate getting in touch. Sadly many groups approach us when they are in crisis, so our biggest request is that members reach out for support early, safe in the knowledge we are there for you no matter how small the query may be. As part of this process you may be encouraged to undertake an Organisation Health Check which allows us to focus our support where you need it the most.

Our membership will provide access to a range of additional resources, however we ask that these are not shared and are protected to the membership.

From time to time we conduct surveys relevant to the local sector; the findings of which help us campaign on your behalf and attract funding to the area. In contributing to these surveys you will help maximise the evidence we put forward.

Help set the direction of our organisation by voting on matters at our AGM.

Help us to ensure annually that your membership data remains up to date as this gives us an overview of the state of Hull’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector.

What is the eligibility criteria for members?

Membership of Hull CVS is free and available to any Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector organisation in Hull.
Your organisation will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be a voluntary organisation, i.e. that your affairs are managed by, and/or are ultimately accountable to, a group of people for no pecuniary advantage.
  2. Your aims and objects are broadly charitable to the exclusion of private gain.
  3. The organisation is conducted for the benefit of the public and is active in the community.
  4. The organisation’s activities principally benefit people in or around Hull, or has significant beneficiaries in Hull.
  5. The organisation is committed to supporting the principle of equal opportunities and will not knowingly discriminate against anybody on the basis of their racial or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation disability or age.
  6. The organisation remains committed to fulfilling the commitments of membership.

In addition to charitable organisations, we do welcome membership from both public and private sector organisations, who can join our honorary membership offer. Our Honorary members benefit from network opportunities and access to our professional services, but do not have voting rights.

Tiers of Membership

Our membership is tailored to the different needs and development stages of organisations as follows:

Charitable Organisation Size

Micro

Charity Commission / Company House Annual Income

£5,001 - £10,000

Membership Tier

Tier 1

Charitable Organisation Size

Small

Charity Commission / Company House Annual Income

£10,001 - £100,000

Membership Tier

Tier 1

Charitable Organisation Size

Medium

Charity Commission / Company House Annual Income

£100,001 - £1 million

Membership Tier

Tier 1

Charitable Organisation Size

Large

Charity Commission / Company House Annual Income

£1 million - £10 million

Membership Tier

Tier 2

Charitable Organisation Size

Major

Charity Commission / Company House Annual Income

£10 million +

Membership Tier

Tier 2

Charitable Organisation Size

Statutory / Private Sector

Charity Commission / Company House Annual Income

N/A

Membership Tier

Honorary

Applications to become a member

To apply to be a member simply complete our application form along with supplying the following supporting governing documents*:

  • A copy of your governing instrument (constitution, trust deed, or memorandum and articles of association)
  • The details of any charity, company or other registration.
  • A copy of the most recent accounts.

The application will then be submitted to the Hull CVS Board of Trustees for approval against our membership criteria. Once approved one of our Member Services Team will send you a welcome pack including a certificate of membership and will arrange a one-to-one meeting to discuss your organisational specific needs.

Please note, Hull CVS has the right to turn down an application for membership. In these circumstances we will provide an explanation within 21 days of the decision to refuse or terminate membership.

*If an organisations has not been in existence for very long they may still apply for membership. In this case they will need to explain in writing how the group or organisation makes decisions. Our team can help any existing or prospective group to develop a governing instrument if they do not have them.

Membership Term

Membership once accepted is for an unlimited time or until the point whereby the organisation ceases to exist.

Organisations may have only one vote per organisation on matters at our annual general meetings.

Organisations can be cancelled following a notice period of 1 month. Termination of membership must be notified in writing to Hull CVS.

Hull CVS has the right to revoke membership should the activities of the member be irresponsible, unlawful, unethical, or should they act to cause detriment between them and Hull CVS. They will be given 21 days’ notice in writing of this decision with the opportunity to appeal.

Membership Application Form

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