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Voscur membership

Voscur is a Bristol-based charity and the support and development agency for local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

Specifically, through our charitable aims, we work to: 

  • benefit the public by supporting and developing a thriving, effective and influential voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Bristol and the surrounding areas - in particular by building the capacity of groups and organisations to pursue or contribute to any charitable or social purpose; and 
  • promote, organise and facilitate co-operation and partnership working between third sector, statutory, and other relevant bodies to achieve a thriving voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

By enabling, supporting and developing the VCSE sector we help them create social impact that strengthens and empowers local citizens and communities. Our work includes partnership and collaboration with a range of funders, commissioners and social investors with whom we aim to build trusting relationships that result in greater investment in the VCSE sector in Bristol.

All of the above helps to enable the VCSE sector to deliver services and assistance to people living in Bristol and the surrounding area.

Voscur’s Membership consists of over 500 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations from Bristol and the surrounding areas, benefit from their Voscur membership. We offer a wide range of benefits, and we continually add to this list with new products and services for the VCSE sector.

Membership benefits in detail

Some of the benefits of Voscur Membership include:

  • Being stronger together
    Our members are part of a network of hundreds of voluntary and community groups and social enterprise organisations in Bristol and the South West. The value of this network for collaborating, coordinating services and sharing skills and experience is infinite.
  • Free advertising for your events
    Voscur Members can advertise their local events by adding a listing to the website (non-members pay £15). A selection of events is also promoted in a weekly email bulletin, sent to over 2,500 subscribers, and on social media, reaching over 10,000 followers.
  • Local policy information and analysis
    Voscur’s news and resources have a Bristol and West of England focus. Voscur’s Policy & Information Officer gathers and produces research, briefings and information resources relevant to Bristol and the West of England, as well as broader policy matters and issues. Voscur members have access to this content to develop their services and plan for the future.
  • Fundraising support 
    Grants Online Local enables VCSE organisations to search for and identify relevant grant funding sources. Voscur has partnered with Grants Online Local to provide our members with exclusive access to this service through our own dedicated portal.
  • Discounted job advertising via Voscur’s website and social media
    Voscur Members receive a discount on job adverts. With a main jobs page receiving over 1,500,000 views per year, and with membership only costing between £0 - £120 (dependent on income) for the whole year, this gives groups a very cost-effective way of attracting candidates.
  • Discounts for those attending Voscur learning and development events
    Voscur Members also save on the price of learning opportunities and other events in the Voscur programme.

Membership levels, eligibility and pricing

Full Membership is offered for eligible organisations and individuals.  Organisations that are ineligible for membership are welcome to join us as Voscur Affiliates.

Full membership

Full membership is open to all Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise groups who:

  • Are based in Bristol or the West of England and are actively delivering services to individuals or communities in these areas.
  • Support Voscur's core values.
  • Are accountable to their members (for example because they are a registered charity, Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Community Interest Company, trust, charitable company limited by guarantee, unincorporated association, community benefit society, cooperative).
  • Are independent (for example are independently registered and constituted in Bristol or the West of England)
  • Are not for private or personal profit.

The cost of Full Membership depends on the size of your organisation:

  • Groups with low/no income £0 - £10,000 annual income - Free
  • Groups with £10,001-£100,000 annual income - £50 +VAT
  • Groups with £100,001-£500,000 annual income - £75 +VAT
  • Groups with over £500,000 annual income - £120 +VAT

Voscur Full Membership lasts for one year and is renewable annually.

Individual Membership

Individuals who support Voscur’s core values and work are also eligible to join us as a Member. 

  • Individual Members should be based in Bristol or the West of England and do not need to be part of an organisation/group.
  • Individual Members are also required to support Voscur’s core values. 
  • Individual Members receive the same benefits as Full Members.

Individual Membership costs £35 + VAT, lasts for one year and is renewable annually. 

If you wish to apply for Individual Membership, please contact Voscur Admin at info@voscur.org
 

Voscur Affiliates

Groups that work in collaboration or partnership with Bristol’s VCSE sector (for example, public sector groups, national organisations or groups based outside Bristol and the immediate surrounding areas) can also join Voscur as Affiliates.

Voscur Affiliates get many of the same benefits as Full Members, but with a lower level of discounts on Voscur services:

  • Discounted job advertising via Voscur’s website and social media
    Voscur Affiliates receive a discount on job adverts. With a main jobs page receiving over 1,500,000 views per year, and with Affiliate Subscription only costing between £65 plus VAT for the whole year, this provides a very cost-effective way to attract new staff.
  • Discounts for those attending Voscur learning and development events
    Voscur Affiliates also save on the price of training courses and learning events. For many these savings more than cover their annual membership fee.

Voscur Affiliate status costs £65 +VAT, lasts for one year and is renewable annually.