Youth and homelessness charity is NCVO's 10,000th member
- Tuesday, 22 January 2013 17:07
A youth work and homelessness charity has become NCVO’s 10,000th member. Staff and a volunteer from The Foxton Centre in Preston were presented with their membership documents at a special event last night hosted by NCVO’s President, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Chair, Martyn Lewis.
Martyn Lewis CBE, Chair of NCVO, said:
"Our aim has always been to help ensure the voluntary sector can do what it does best, by providing support to individual organisations and by highlighting the work of the sector as a whole to government. Despite the continued tough economic conditions, our membership has been growing steadily, particularly over the past few months, which to me demonstrates that charities share our sentiment – that we are stronger together than we are apart. At a time of substantial changes in public policy, speaking with a strong collective voice is more important than ever. It is humbling that so many charities now look to us to speak up on their behalf."
Tim Keightley, Director of the Foxton Centre, said:
"We joined NCVO partly because of the impressive range of resources available to members, but also because belonging and contributing to networks is the lifeblood for any organisation looking to develop to its full potential."
NCVO’s membership grew strongly over the last year – by 5% in the 12 months to December 2013, when its merger with Volunteering England was confirmed. A further 200 organisations joining in December and January after the merger was confirmed, along with 1,400 members transferring from Volunteering England at the start of 2013, have taken NCVO’s membership total to over 10,100. The figure means NCVO membership has more than doubled in six years.
NCVO members get practical information, advice and support including news bulletins, free helplines, guides and how-tos, as well as discounts on NCVO resources and consultancy. Membership also helps organisations cut costs through discounts on other products and services including software, telecoms and insurance.
NCVO membership benefits are available to all of a charity’s staff and volunteers.
Founded in 1919, NCVO has supported the sector for over 90 years. Many now well-established voluntary organisations started out as projects within NCVO, including Age Concern, Charities Aid Foundation, Citizens Advice, Community Matters, and the Youth Hostels Association.
The Foxton Centre in Preston has been working with rough sleepers, street sex workers, young people, people with alcohol abuse issues and other people in the community who need their support for over 40 years. The Centre employs 18 staff and engages dozens of volunteers in providing its services. Their £400,000 turnover means they will pay the equivalent of around £12 a month for NCVO membership.