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Any voluntary organisation providing services to people within Bournemouth is generally eligible to become a full member of BCVS, attend our AGM, make nominations and participate in the election of our Trustees.

As a voluntary organisation you need to be:

• Independent of government and constitutionally self-governing, usually with an unpaid voluntary management committee (or where at least over half are unpaid)
• Value-driven - exist for the good of the community, to promote social, environmental or cultural objectives in order to benefit society as a whole, or particular groups within it
• Not run for financial gain - re-invest any surpluses to further the ‘good’ you create for the community and have an enforceable ‘asset lock’ to prevent private profit (e.g. if you are a charity or Community Interest Companies you will have this in law)

Members of BCVS are also entitled to the following:

  • Quarterly editions of ‘VCS Voice’
  • Talk to other members through the Member only E-Forum
  • Know your stuff bulletins supplied electronically or in hard copy
  • Link to your website from the BCVS website
  • Involvement in strategic planning and service development
  • Nominate candidates, vote and stand for election as a voluntary sector representative
  • Receive notice and vote at our AGMs and EGMs
  • Receive acknowledgement in our Annual Report
  • Access to exclusive members only events

Members of BCVS, like other limited company charities, have a limited liability should the organisation become insolvent. In our case this liability is set at a maximum of £10.

Membership fees are on a sliding scale dependent on annual income.  Please see the application form for the current rates.  Membership runs from 1st April each year. 

Listed on the right of this page are a number of documents which may be of interest to our member organisations.