Membership

Our members are at the heart of everything we do.

Centre Supporting Voluntary Action (CVS) has a membership of over 300 charities, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises; representative of the variety and vibrancy of Chelmsford – from Art Society to Advocacy, from Retirement Action Group to Sport in the Community, from Youth Club to Neighbourhood Watch. All working to deliver local services and activities across Chelmsford district.

New members are always welcome!

Member Benefits

Membership is FREE, but we do ask for a payment of £10 each year towards the cost of accessing our services. As a member of the charity there are lots of benefits, you can receive, just some of them are listed below:

Exclusive invitation to our Networking Events.

A free copy of Update, our quarterly newsletter.

Discounted meeting room hire.

Free entry in our community directory EssexConnects Online.

Free regular e-bulletins, which highlight key topics relevant to voluntary groups.

Use of other resources at low cost, such as exhibition display boards and PA systems.

Free information and support on all aspects of setting up and running a charity.

 Free access to our specialist library on all aspects of voluntary sector management.

Free help to publicise your charity’s activities and events.

Apply for membership

Membership is FREE and is open to any non-profit, community and voluntary group, registered charity or social enterprise working to benefit the people of Chelmsford district. Faith groups, churches and religious organisations can be considered for membership for their community activities which are open to all, but not for their proselytising mission.

Or, contact us to request a paper copy. Please return the application form with a copy of your constitution, or terms of reference or memorandum and articles of agreement, if you have one, plus any literature about your group’s activities.  We will acknowledge receipt of your application, which will then be passed for approval by our trustee board.

Your application indicates an acceptance of the Charity’s Equal Opportunities Policy.  Click here to see a copy.

Please note: Membership application forms must be completed and returned to us via email or post with a copy of your constitution or terms of reference.

Online Searchable Directory

Did you know that there are around half a million voluntary and community organisations in the UK, of which about 70% are active at a local level?  Across Essex there are around 10,000 – all committed and passionate about what they do.

Chelmsford City, its villages and South Woodham Ferrers town, benefits from the work and activities of a rich variety of voluntary and community organisations.  Hundreds of groups and individuals, all contributing to giving their communities a better quality of life.

But how can you find out about them?

EssexConnects contains details of voluntary organisations based in Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Tendring, Maldon, Uttlesford, Epping, Harlow, Basildon, Billericay and Wickford, and is growing all the time.  By bringing all this information into one place, everyone can see just how great a contribution our local voluntary and community groups are making.