Membership+ FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Membership+.

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Why is VONNE introducing membership fees?

Much of VONNE’s core work to support the sector including our information, networking, brokering, partnership, representation and advocacy work receives no external funding and with the loss of core grant income in recent years, we need to develop new income streams to support this work. 

We hope that North East VCSE organisations value the work that VONNE does on their behalf to represent the sector and provide timely and relevant information on key issues, policies and opportunities as well as practical support such as our job advertising service. 

In introducing Membership+, we are providing the opportunity to our members to acknowledge the value that VONNE provides to their organisations and support the longer-term sustainability of VONNE as the North East regional umbrella organisation for VCSE.

For many years VONNE has provided additional membership benefits such as job advert discounts for free to members but at a cost to VONNE.  To ensure the long term sustainability for VONNE, we need to generate membership income to fund these benefits.  However, we want to ensure that small organisations do not miss out and so are offering organisations with turnover of less than £50K free Bronze Membership+ and discounted Silver and Gold Membership+. 

Through Membership+ we will be able to continue to provide a number of key and additional benefits above and beyond the core membership offer.  We hope that as the Membership+ scheme grows we will be able to introduce further benefits to members and look forward to working with Membership+ partners to scope out what would be of most benefit to your organisations.

 

I’m already a member of VONNE and don’t wish to pay, what will happen?

Your current membership of VONNE will remain in place and you will continue to receive the key organisational benefits of:

  • Invites to our AGM
  • Voting rights
  • Ebulletins subscriptions
  • Annual review and directory
  • Ability to post your events on our website

In order to access some of the previous free membership benefits of VONNE membership such as discounted job adverts, you will have to subscribe to a Membership+ package.

 

I’m already a member of VONNE and want to join Membership+, what will I need to do?

Once we launch the scheme, you'll just need to visit our Membership+ webpage, choose the level of Membership+ subscription you would like and follow the Apply Now links.

 

Our organisation is very small, we can’t afford to pay Membership+ fees?

We offer a free Bronze level for organisations with a turnover of less than £50,000 a year. It’s important to us that our smallest VCOS still have access to the information and services we provide.