I sometimes think that SCVO could stand for ‘Sarah Chats to Voluntary Organisations’, as it nicely sums up what I do. My role is all about membership engagement – committed to growing and developing our membership, by making sure our members are supported as best we can. And that’s what matters to me. I love chatting to members and prospective members.

My interactions with members on a daily basis mean I get to hear such wonderful stories, showcasing the strengths and impact of the voluntary sector – organisations and individuals who are being kind, and choosing to make life better for people every day. So, what am I chatting about at the moment? Our membership review, which is taking place over the coming year.

As the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector, we want to make sure that we continue to value our members and be considered valuable by them. Our review will look at what we offer, what SCVO can do for members to make your life easier and explore how you can feel part of a voluntary sector community.

Whether you are a member, past member or haven’t joined us yet – we want to hear from everyone across the sector about your experiences, thoughts and needs, so we can consider what we could offer that would help make your life easier.  We’ll be running our own events, as well as connecting with voluntary sector events across the country where possible, to share updates on the review and hear from you on what matters.

By the end of 2020, we plan to have a revised membership offer which will be attractive, relevant and accessible to as many voluntary sector organisations as possible.

We launched our membership review surveyat last week’s Gathering, the first of many chances to get involved and give us your input.

We also asked people if they feel part of a voluntary sector community and if that is important to them… I think this picture says it all:

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We’re already getting a clear understanding of what matters to the sector. And of course I had some chats with members and prospective members, reminding me of what the voluntary sector stands for and how we can best support and deliver what they need:

‘It’s just small numbers of people we’re supporting, but it’s making all the difference to them’

‘There’s no such thing as barriers, you just push them down’

‘A cup of tea with someone is all you need to make things better’
‘SCVO gives you a chance to lift your head from the day to day, so you can see what else is happening and get some support.’

You can get involved right now by taking part in the membership review survey.

And if you have any ideas or would like to be involved in the review, I’d love to have a chat with you! Simply email me at sarah.currie@scvo.org.uk or call 0131 474 8043.