Benefits of membership

VSSN membership is for those who undertake research on the UK voluntary sector or who have an interest in using the outcomes of such research. At present the membership includes academics, independent researchers and research managers in UK voluntary organisations, umbrella bodies and government. Membership is open to anyone over 18 who supports the aims and pays the current subscription.

Benefits of membership include:

The key responsibilities of membership we ask in return are simply to:

  • Engage with other members in a collegiate manner whilst not avoiding critical debate
  • Where the services of VSSN carry a price tag (such as the meetings), pay up promptly and cheerfully
  • Encourage other researchers doing work about the sector to join
  • Communicate any bright ideas or problems relating to VSSN
  • Respond to an annual e-mail asking you if you still wish to be enrolled as a member.

Members are also expected to agree to our data usage policy in advance and to support our aims.

Organisational membership adds to the benefits that individuals get. It’s open to smaller charities or voluntary/community groups and requires the approval of the Steering Group. It allows up to five representatives from the same organisation to receive similar benefits to individual members.