Registration with Basingstoke Voluntary Action is FREE for any Charity, Voluntary or Community Association based within and providing a service within Basingstoke and Deane (B&D). To apply you simple need to complete a relevant registration form detailing your organisation. The form is designed to capture the vast array of services provided and the volunteer value locally etc. Once your registration is approved by the BVA board you are entitled to access all BVA services and receive a discount on resources hire including The Orchard Community Building Facilities.
1) Member (Charitable or Voluntary Organisations within B&D)
A member is a Charity, Voluntary or Community organisation located and providing a service in Basingstoke and Deane that has completed a registration form and had it approved. Registered groups have voting rights at the BVA Annual General Meeting.
The full registration criterion reflects good practice in organisational management. The minimum being:
|Governing Document||Equality and Diversity requirements in place|
|Volunteer Management Structure||Children and Vulnerable Adults Legislation|
|Adequate Policies and Procedures||Bank Account in Organisations Name with Two Signatories|
|Health & Safety requirements in place||Public Liability Insurance|
2) Associate (Organisations delivering services to B&D)
Associate membership is encouraged for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations requesting membership who are not based within Basingstoke & Deane but deliver or promote services within the area. This can also apply to National Governing Bodies.
3) Signpost (Non Members delivering services to B&D)
Organisations who are charitable or of community benefit, located within Basingstoke & Deane but not registered as a member can be signposted for information. This also applies to National Governing Bodies or organisations who have not applied for membership but are of interest or value to the community.
4) Non VCS (Non VCS Organisations of value to the Community)
Organisations who are not Charitable or Voluntary, located within Basingstoke & Deane but not registered as a member can be identified for information. This applies to Schools, Parish Councils or Libraries etc who have not applied for membership but are of interest or value to the community.
Member Registration gives access to a wide range of services;
One to one support:
Group Quality Assurance:
BVA offers a quality assurance programme for members to demonstrate to funders the quality of your service, improve your effectiveness and efficiency, improves satisfaction of service users, staff and volunteers, demonstrates services are delivered in a safe and secure way and identifies areas for improvement. The Simple Quality Protects Assurance programme also ensures your services, policies and procedures are fit for local commissioning, tendering, procurement and funding.
Finding and Advertising for Volunteers:
The Volunteer Centre can help to assist your organisation with recruiting volunteers, promoting your organisation to local businesses and promotion of volunteer opportunities. They can also offer training, guidance and advice on recruitment, retention, management and support of volunteers.
BVA provides Disclosure and Barring Clinics to local organisations for a reduced cost. DBS checks are essential for certain jobs voluntary work, such as working with children, in healthcare or with vulnerable adults.
Whether you have an event, news or training, BVA are able to assist by advertising your information or poster on our website calendars and Facebook Page. BVA also have a monthly newsletter where events, news and training are featured.
BVA promote a featured charity on our website and Facebook on a regular basis to help raise awareness and service users for individual organisations. If you are looking to raise your profile within the local community, please do get in contact.
BVA hold a Voluntary Sector Forum for local organisations in Basingstoke and Deane or the neighbouring area to develop partnership working between themselves and partners from other sectors and discuss any issues they may. Guest speakers are invited to give advice on certain issues, decided within the meetings. BVA also have a Children and Youth forum and an Older and Vulnerable Adults forum.
We also have a variety of meeting rooms of various sizes with internet access and the option for refreshments.
Individual Help Search:
Basingstoke Voluntary Action have a Help & Information search on our website, allowing individuals to search for help through various categories. This is linked to our database and all local organisations who are members and signposts with BVA will display. This is extra promotion for your group and helps to gain more service users.
There are many funding opportunities available to support projects. Grants open and close regularly with tight time scales. BVA have an up to date list of the recent available funding and their deadlines. Funds are also listed in categories to make your search easier. If you need any assistance with funding applications, contact the group development team.
BVA and BDBC have a community learning programme covering a range of topics such as Food Hygiene, Charity Law, SQP, Group Policies workshop, Finance Training, Governance Workshop, Attracting Volunteers, Retaining and Valuing Volunteers, Support and Supervision for Volunteers, Business Planning and PAT Testing. These training courses are held through the year for very low costs.