Membership – Frequently asked questions

Who can be a member of SCVO?  

Organisations who are eligible for membership based on our eligibility statement and guidance. SCVO members play an active role in shaping our work. If you are accepted as a member, you can influence policy, nominate to the Board and have voting rights.

Who can be a supporter?  

Anyone who is not eligible to be a member of SCVO, can join us a supporter. While supporters do not have a role in decision-making or informing our work, this new category will include the public and private sectors, and both organisational and individual supporters.  

I already am a member of SCVO. What do these new categories mean for me?

At our AGM in December 2019, members approved an updated constitution. There are now two main categories of SCVO membership – member and supporter (formerly associate members) – and new SCVO member applications will be processed faster than before thanks to improvements in our processes. Our constitutional changes apply from 5 December 2019 and our website now reflects this. 

There aren’t any immediate major changes – it’s just the language that has changed so that our categories are simpler and easier to understand. Our new membership structure simply makes a clearer distinction between members (who play an active role in shaping our work) and supporters (who want to demonstrate their commitment and engagement with the voluntary sector). If you have full membership, you will now be known as a member.  If you are an associate member or an individual, you will now be known as a supporter.  

What about my voting rights? 

Voting rights will not be affected for any organisation that is currently a member. Voting rights will stay the same i.e. full members who will now become members, will continue to be able to nominate to the Board and have voting rights. Supporters (formerly known as associate members) will not be able to nominate a candidate to stand for election to our Board of Trustees or participate in any voting concerning this. 

What about benefits and fees?

As we are reviewing our membership and support services over the coming year, no benefits or status will be affected (with the possible exception of complimentary and group members who will have their deals reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and we will be in touch with you directly in early 2020). 

Our fee structure will stay the same, though there will be implications for new supporter applicants that will be subject to the fees which were associated with associate membership.

Fees may change as a result of the membership review and any changes to the fee structure will be subject to member approval at the 2020 AGM.  

What can you tell me about the SCVO membership review?

These changes signal the start of a membership review that will run throughout 2020. 

All members and supporters, and prospective members and supporters, will be invited to join the conversation on SCVO membership. What do you think of our services? What could we do better?  How can we work together to support your organisation and the wider voluntary sector? There will be many opportunities to share your view in person and online. To find out more or to get involved please email – we’re always happy to hear from you!

How do I get in touch about any membership or supporter queries? 

If you have any questions, please contact the Membership Team. We would be delighted to hear from you! You can contact us on 0131 474 8043 or at  

Page last modified on 23rd January 2020