What are the benefits?
NAVCA is the only national body to solely represent local infrastructure in England; we are very proud of our role supporting local infrastructure organisations across the country and the essential part they play in the movement for local social action.
Network with your peers
One of the primary benefits of NAVCA membership is to be part of a unique network of nearly 200 local infrastructure bodies, each with their own approaches and operating models but all sharing the common themes and challenges of delivering infrastructure support in their local communities.
Membership of NAVCA includes access to COIN, a network exclusively for NAVCA member Chief Officers – and the core of the NAVCA ‘hive mind’. Any member Chief Officer can post a query or a request for help and will find other members more than willing to share their knowledge or experience.
COIN is also a place in which debates and views can be shared with peer leaders of the local social action movement, and often the themes and issues raised by members on COIN become important strands of our policy and research work on members’ behalf.
Make your voice heard
We also use COIN and our other communication channels to gather views from our members on key issues, either as a result of requests from national stakeholders such as the Home Office, Cabinet Office, MHCLG or NHS England, or as a result of our becoming aware of an issue that we believe to be relevant to our members and the organisations they support. In this way membership of NAVCA gives you a voice at national level, and a highly effective one.
Current examples include active consultation, through member workshops, by Tracey Crouch’s team working on the Civil Society Strategy; the opportunity to lead and feed directly into work being coordinated by the Charity Commission to define the voluntary sector response to emergency incidents post-Grenfell; and the invitation to participate in an important and potentially very high impact project on behalf of NHS England around Single Point of Contact and delayed transfer of care from hospital.
Learn and explore
We create a number of events through the year for members to network and share views, including a range of topic-specific forums and roundtables, and the annual NAVCA conference. Our ‘Future Forward’ event in December 2017 gave members the chance to hear directly from speakers including Julia Unwin, Sir Bob Kerslake and Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, as well as to explore some of the challenges and opportunities ahead of us as a sector in the next twenty years; and we livestreamed the full event for the benefit of members unable to attend in person. You can see the footage of the event here.
Stay informed and up to date
We take our communication with and on behalf of our members very seriously; our weekly Linx publication provides readers with updates and roundups of key sector news and information (including jobs and funding opportunities) and we encourage our members to use that content in their own communication channels and newsletters. NAVCA members receive free recruitment advertising in Linx and are given priority space for their news, achievements and event promotion. With a regular readership of over 2,000 people within and outside the sector this is one way we raise the profile of our members and tell the story of local infrastructure, and offer our members practical support and publicity. All our Linx content is also amplified through our use of social media, extending the reach of member advertising and influence well beyond the NAVCA network.
We also produce a monthly Health and Social Care bulletin, providing a roundup of the latest news, opportunities and policy developments for those members working in this area.
Members have exclusive access to the NAVCA Quality Award; and for many members this is a critical element of their offer to commissioners, particularly as a differentiator between them and their competitors. If you would like to know more detail about the Quality Award and its requirements then I will be happy to talk that through with you.
Benefit from research and insight
We also believe strongly that NAVCA is and should be an intelligence hub for our members. We carry out regular research with our members – primarily our Chief Officers’ survey, now reshaped as a Local Infrastructure snapshot – to gather and share information across our network and beyond as to the current state of play in local infrastructure nationally. And we produce policy summaries and briefings on national topics, with a specific take on the impact for local infrastructure. Recent publications include a summary of the Autumn Budget and guidance on GDPR for NAVCA members; and we regularly and frequently signpost members to a wide range of information sources and publications of relevance to our part of the sector
Be part of the family
We work hard to develop close relationships with our members; we believe firmly that the better we know you the more effectively we can support you and speak on your behalf. Our Chief Executive, Jane Ide, visits members across the country on a weekly basis and prioritises invitations and requests from members to speak at their events or contribute to their work. All senior members of our team have a firm commitment to make regular visits to members and to attend member forums, and any member can call or email us if they need help with a specific issue.
Be part of the future
We know that our members value and appreciate NAVCA for its unique role within the movement for local social action. However, we also believe that we can do more for our members – and we are currently in the process of refreshing and strengthening our membership offer.
We will soon be announcing a wider range of benefits, including greater opportunities to gain knowledge and information through webinars, podcasts and collaborative technology; more opportunities to be involved and engaged in national policy work and the strategic direction of NAVCA and the social action movement; increased access to intelligence, information and relevant resources; and stronger collaborative and communication networks across the NAVCA family.