Becoming a member of Volunteer Glasgow
Volunteer Glasgow is really proud to be a member organisation. Having members makes sure that the work we do is grassroots: directly informed by the different communities we serve and the people that benefit from it. Our membership holds us accountable, making sure that the behind-the-scenes processes that make up a charity are transparent and accessible to the public.
Being a member is a fantastic thing to do exactly because you get to be part of that process: part of a community that shapes one of Glasgow’s biggest voluntary sector organisations. If you’re someone who loves volunteering, supports volunteers or benefits from a service we provide (or all three), becoming a member of Volunteer Glasgow gives you the opportunity to take ownership of volunteering in the city and make your voice part of Volunteer Glasgow’s future.
Anyone resident in the West of Scotland and 18* or over who is a volunteer with us; is acting as a representative of an organisation with purposes close to ours; or who’s interested in furthering the mission of Volunteer Glasgow is eligible for Principal Membership. Principal Membership is free and gives you full member rights: voting rights at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), decision-making in relation to changes to our Articles, and access to our annual ‘thank you’ celebration event for donors and members. * This should change to 16 at our AGM in November 2019.
If you’re acting as a representative of a profit-making company, you’re not eligible for Principal Membership. Instead, our Associate Member Scheme is what you’re looking for! Associate Membership allows you to come along to our AGM, but doesn’t give you voting rights. For more information about Associate Membership, please get in touch with our Chief Executive firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to join us as a Principal Member, just fill out the form at the bottom of this page!
It will be checked over by our Board and, once approved, you’ll get a confirmation email adding you to our Membership List.
Please note that all Principal Members undertake that, in the event that Volunteer Glasgow is wound up while they are a member (or within one year after they cease to be a member), they will contribute – up to a maximum of £1 – to the assets of the company, which will go towards:
- Payment of the company’s debts and liabilities contracted before they cease to be a member;
- Payment of the costs, charges and expenses of winding up; and
- Adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves.
All of these details and more are laid out in our current Articles of Association, which you can request from email@example.com
- Why can’t I become a Principal Member if I’m representing a profit-making group?
Profit-making groups, because their purpose is to generate a profit, are not aligned with our charitable goals. Volunteer Glasgow is a charity and our membership should reflect our purposes: not to make a profit, but to further our aims to make volunteering better, bigger and more accessible across Glasgow.
If you’re someone who works for a profit-making group and who would like to become a Member as a private individual, not acting as a representative for your work, then that’s no problem! Please fill out the form above to join.
- I’m under 16, why can’t I become a member?
Because our members are financially liable upon Volunteer Glasgow winding up (even if only to a maximum of £1), you need to be at least 16 to make decisions about your finances and legal commitments.
If you’re keen to get involved with Volunteer Glasgow, we have a great team of Young People Volunteering Ambassadors that you could get involved with. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
- What does it mean if Volunteer Glasgow “winds up”?
Volunteer Glasgow “winding up” refers to us closing, for whatever reason. That would mean an end to our services across the city and the closure of our office in Abbey House on Bothwell Street. Hopefully this won’t ever happen, and we’ll be around to support volunteering in Glasgow for a long time yet.
- What’s the ‘thank you’ event?
Every year, normally in early October, we throw a party to thank everyone who has given money or given time as a member in the past 12 months. Every member and donor gets an invite, and the event is completely free for you to attend! Make sure to keep a close eye on your emails and our social media channels so you don’t miss your invitation.
- I already have an account with Volunteer Glasgow, does that not make me a member?
No, having an account to either advertise or look for volunteering opportunities on our website doesn’t automatically make you a member. Membership is a legal commitment and we don’t expect every account holder to be a member! If you want to become a member, you’ll have to submit the short application form below, whether you’ve used our website before or not.