Help us develop a thriving and influential voluntary sector by becoming a member of Gosport Voluntary Action (GVA). Membership is free and offers a range of benefits.
Being a part of GVA offers your group the following support with or access to:
- Setting up new organisations to address new challenges and opportunities
- Day to day management of new and existing groups or organisations
- Finding Trustees and volunteers to meet your needs
- Developing Sustainable Funding Strategies
- Forums for networking and ideas sharing
- Funding workshops and advice
- A wide range of free or subsidised training courses plus delivery of custom made training to fit individual organisation’s needs through our partners
- Getting your group’s voice heard at meetings of statutory bodies
- Developing GVA’s services and projects by voting at our Annual General Meeting.
Practical support at a preferential rate
- Equipment and room hire at member rates
- Accounting advice and provision of payroll services and Independent Examinations
- Disclosure and Barring services through Community First Fareham
- A regular Newsletter and E-Bulletin
In 2019, we directly supported over 200 member groups:
- Running 18 training and development events, with 357 attendees
- Attending 140 forums and statutory meetings
- Supporting 44 grant applications, totalling £545,958
- Registering interest from around 615 potential volunteers, making 461 referrals and placing over 160 volunteers
GVA Membership FAQ
Can any Group become a member?
Any voluntary/community group or organisation, which supports the aims and objectives of GVA and operates or has an interest in Gosport, can become a member.
Is there a fee and what do you get?
Membership is FREE although as we are a Company Limited by Guarantee there is a requirement that in the unlikely event that GVA were to close down, all members would be required to contribute £1 towards any wind up costs. Membership gives access to all the benefits listed above.
Why should you join?
As a member group you will have the right to become part of our governing body and to determine our role in the community. When time and resources are limited, you will be given preferential treatment.
We spend much of our time networking, negotiating and advising the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors and, whilst we do not claim to present the voluntary sector, we are seen as being representative of it. Therefore, the more members we have, the greater our credibility.
What happens next?
When you have completed your form, it will be presented at the next Executive Committee meeting, and if accepted, you will be notified that you have temporary membership. At the next AGM, your membership will then be ratified and your group will have full voting rights.
If you become a member, will you be controlled by GVA in any way?
Absolutely not, the governance of your organisation will not change in any way.