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Tel: 01256 423816

About us

Serving the Borough since 1965

Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) is a member of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) that collectively form a network of local charities offering support and development services to the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) across the UK.

BVA (Previously BVS) was set up in 1965 as a result of the town expansion. It has been instrumental in starting many of the charities that are now household names in the Borough. Examples of these are: Age Concern, Association of Faiths, Basingstoke Advocacy Scheme, Basingstoke Disability Forum, Basingstoke Community Transport, Basingstoke NeighbourCare, Basingstoke Play Council, BRASACC (Rape Crisis), Camrose Centre, Community Furniture ProjectCRUSEDial-a-Ride, Hamara Group, Headway, North Hampshire Mediation Service, Millennium Volunteers - this became vinvolved, Next Steps for Bereaved People, Relate,  ShopMobility, Victim Support, Viables Trust, Volunteer Centre and Just Us - this became Young Peoples Information (YPI). Over the years the organisation has had to continually adapt to changing environments as its role has been, and will continue to be, one of support to the voluntary and community sector meeting their needs as they change.

The following Groups Ceased Operating and then Re-started - Furniture Pool - this is now operated by the Community Furniture Project plus Holiday Playschemes - this is now operated by Basingstoke Play Council

We aim:
  • To pro-actively identify needs in the local community and facilitate improvement in service provision to meet those needs.
  • To assist local voluntary and community organisations (VCO) to function more effectively and deliver quality services to their users, members of constituents.
  • To facilitate effective communication or networking and collaboration amongst local voluntary and community groups.
  • To enable the diverse views of the local voluntary and community sector to be represented to external bodies, facilitating effective working relationships and two-way communication and embedding the sector as an integral part of local planning and policy making. To support and increase the quality, quantity, impact and accessibility of volunteering locally.
  • To maximise BVA effectiveness, efficiency and quality of services.

More information regarding our services and membership

Vision and Values 'Supporting the voluntary and community sector'

BVA’s vision is:

A strong, vibrant, creative and diverse voluntary and community sector (VCS) meeting the needs of Basingstoke and Deane’s local communities that choose Basingstoke Voluntary Action as its main provider of development services

Our mission is to support and empower voluntary action to deliver sustained benefits for Basingstoke and Deane and its diverse communities.

Our organisational values are:

  • An independent, effective and sustainable voluntary sector
  • Voluntary action as a positive force for social change
  • Equality and social justice
  • Tackling discrimination and poverty
  • All individuals and communities have a voice and access to excellent opportunities
  • Effective consultation, collaboration and partnership across all sectors to achieve community benefit
  • Challenge, risk-taking, and innovation

Strategic Aims:

  1. Independent, effective and sustainable voluntary sector organisations have the skills, knowledge and resources to achieve their aims
  2. To develop and innovate community action where need has been identified
  3. To provide excellent high quality resources to young people in need across Basingstoke and Deane and ensure their issues, needs and voices are included in policy and development locally
  4. The voluntary and community sector has influence for positive change across the borough.


Our Trustee board as at December 2016 is Alan Turvey (Chair), Sushmita Pati, Gilda McIntosh, Andy Taylor, Carol Bode, Frank McKenna & Mike Browning.

Annual General Meeting

Held in September and open to all member groups. The 2016 meeting took place on Friday 30 September and our annual report is available on request from admin@bvaction.org.uk