At SCVO’s AGM in December 2019, our members approved an updated constitution. Key changes included: reducing to two main categories of SCVO membership – member and supporter (formerly associate members); and implementing a new process so that new SCVO member applications were processed faster. These were the first changes made as part of an extensive SCVO membership review.
Subsequently, all members and supporters were invited to join a conversation on SCVO membership. The result was a wealth of feedback and insights about what our members value in their SCVO membership, what could we do better and what more we could do to support them and the wider voluntary sector.
As a result, in April 2021, we will be launching a new membership benefits package. The new benefits will include brand new member-only information, learning and support services, and exclusive access to news, networking and influencing opportunities.
To reflect the new membership structure and benefits, we also wish to amend our membership fees, reducing from six fee bands to just three.
The proposed new structure is simpler and supports our aim of making membership free or affordable for the majority of the voluntary sector in Scotland. In fact, more organisations than ever will now be eligible for free membership.
We are currently holding an SCVO member vote on the proposed new fees. Voting details have been sent to the member contact at all SCVO member organisations and the vote closes at 9am on 16 February 2021. For more information about the membership review or to provide any feedback on your experience as an SCVO member, please contact Sarah Currie, our Membership Development Manager.