Annual cost for an organisation £35 (£2.91 per month) and for an individual £10 per annum (please note individual members are not entitled to all organisational benefits) more information about individual membership at the bottom of this page. Our membership runs from 1st Sept to 31st Aug, if you join as a new member between 1st Sept and 31st March you will pay the full fee of £35, if you join between 1st April and 31st Aug you can pay a reduced rate of £17.50 but may not be entitled to some of the full benefits during the initial 6 months.

ACRE Village Hall Publications & Information Sheets

42 Village Hall Information Sheets and a number of Model document publications which provide all the up to date information that Trustees need to manage their community building for full list Click Here

Organisational Health Check

All third sector organisations need to ensure that not only are they providing the quality of service that meets their client needs but that they have all the necessary processes in place to ensure that their organisation is in good shape for the future.

Completing a Health Check will help check that your organisation is operating in the optimum way, meeting all legal requirements, operating according to good practice and will help to identify any issues you may need to work on.

As a full member you get access to:

Health Check – getting started is for new groups and small groups

Health Check – building up is for more established groups

Representation and Liaison

We work to support the voice and influence of the voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) across Herts

We do this by facilitating local forums which bring together voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises to develop strategic priorities and collaborative working.

​Part of our role at the heart of our community is to understand the issues organisations face, promote the fantastic work they do, and help keep decision makers informed of the challenges they overcome, the support they provide to our local community and the amazing value of the work they do.

Many of our member organisations are small and lack the resources to promote the value of the work they do and the issues they face effectively. By understanding and communicating this information in a coordinated way, we are able to ensure that their collective voice is heard, especially on decision-making partnerships. This includes:​

Representing the community sector by sharing stories/case studies

Attending forums such as Herts CEOs Network, Compact Herts & The Rural Issues Network

Delivering an annual conference, themed in line with the issues our members raise and attended by decision makers and influencers

Surveying our members on a range of topics to make sure we are able to understand and accurately represent their views

Providing regular digital communication through newsletters and social media and we contribute to radio programmes and local press, promoting the work of our members and celebrating Good News stories.

Promoting social responsibility within the local business community

Working with District and County Councils to promote the value of our members and encourage them to continue to provide significant funds to support the sector

Feedback from our surveys makes clear that our members value our representative role

Strategic Partnerships

There are a number of strategic partnerships across Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Lifestyle and Legacy Partnership (HLLP)

Volunteering Herts Partnership

Herts CEO’s Network

Compact Forum

Connecting Hertfordshire Steering Group

East Herts Health & Wellbeing Partnership

Hertfordshire Compacts

Compacts underpin the relationship between the statutory sector and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, with the aim of improving communication and understanding and strengthening our collective capacity to work together to improve the quality of life for residents. We are signed up to the Hertfordshire Compact.

The Hertfordshire Compact is a written understanding between the voluntary and community sector and statutory sectors about how they will co-operate and continue to develop positive working relationships for the benefit of Hertfordshire’s communities. The Compact process is one of learning, development and dialogue.

Although this Compact is not legally binding, the intention is that it should be followed to promote good quality working relationships between voluntary and community sector organisations and statutory organisations across Hertfordshire.

www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/compact

Individual Membership

Anyone who is not representing an organisation but wishes to follow and support our work can join us as an individual member for only £10 per annum.

You will receive our monthly E bulletin

Be invited to attend our AGM where you will have voting rights

Receive a discount on training

Receive a discount on some full member services

Priority booking to events

 

 

 

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