Community Action Network
(formerly Bournemouth and Poole CVS)
Supporting Voluntary and Community action in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole


To join now, please fill in our membership form which can be found here

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.