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hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service)

Why join hvoss as a Member?

Membership Benefits

Our aim is to lead the delivery of voluntary and community sector support services to meet the needs of volunteers, local groups, organisations and charities across the county and with your support we will continue to do this.

During the year we have continued to: - 

  • Provide advice, information and support to the local third sector.
  • Promote, organise and facilitate co-operation and partnership work between the third sector and statutory sector, private sector and other relevant bodies.

It was another busy year! We assisted over 450 local organisations with training needs, information, networking opportunities, development and specialist advice.

We helped 876 individuals who were interested in volunteering explore how their skills might support hundreds of organisations doing amazing charitable work across Herefordshire. Working with Herefordshire Council, we dealt with over 350 funding enquiries, helping local charitable activities access around £1.8m of funding. 

We co-ordinated 22 different member Interests Groups around health and social care, children and young people, also organising briefing sessions and workshops on key topics affecting the sector including Implication of The Care Act and Social Inclusion.

In response to the ongoing needs around funding we held 7 funding breakfasts, a Sustainable Funding Fair, and ran a series of 5 local rural funding roadshows.

We ran 20 community events in 7 localities and offered 170 youth sessions to ensure vital services to rural areas and our market towns. We kept our membership of 112 organisations and a wider network of 1,000 contacts up to date with regular e-bulletins and communications.

We also continue to play an active role in championing the role of members and the needs of the sector with policy and decision makers locally, regionally and nationally, investing in existing and new partnerships in order to grow services offered. We were pleased to see new developments flourish in relation to Herefordshire Healthwatch, Police and Crime Commissioner West Mercia and Marches Talent Match.

We are extremely grateful to all our 150+ volunteers who supported our activities during the year. They contributed nearly 36,000 hours in total, and were of huge benefit to the local community. 

More details are included on our Membership Flyer below.

Download our Membership Application Form here

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Following recent local government funding cuts, in order for us to continue to deliver our level of specialist services in Herefordshire, we have introduced a membership fee for all.

This year after careful consideration the hvoss Board have changed our membership fee structure, which is now based on the number of paid staff within your organisation/group as listed below:

Number of Paid Staff (full time equivalent)                 Annual Fee

          0-5                                                                        £30

          6-20                                                                      £50

          Over 20                                                                 £80

          Individual Membership                                       £30

                         "Please join us today"

We very much look forward to working with you in the future. 

If you have any queries with regard to hvoss membership, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Membership and Communications Officer, Angela Higgleton on angela.higgleton@hvoss.org.uk or call 01432 343932.

 Membership Flyer 2017 April