CAVA is a registered charity but it is also a limited Company and so being a member is a bit like being a shareholder in a company anywhere. Like a shareholder, you will not run the Company on a day-to-day basis. As a member, you delegate this role to a Board of Trustees who will be responsible for running the Charity. The Board will be expected to keep you up-to-date with its decision-making. We currently have 468 members and 9 individual members who help us to shape the delivery of the organisation.
CAVA is keen to have as wide a representation as possible on its membership list, subject to certain qualifying conditions, which are explained below. Membership is open to any organisation and to a limited number of individuals. All applicants, both organisations and individual members will have to be checked to see if they are eligible, and then be approved by the CAVA Board.
Membership is not open to organisations that are politically driven or affiliated. The Board may decide to include INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS that we would define as a ‘Community Activist’ who:
Is at least 18 years old
Live or are active in the Company’s area of benefit
Sign to become a member
Make a declaration of their commitment to our objectives & of their intention to work towards the achievement of these objectives
Has an active interest or engagement within the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) but is not employed by an organisation that is eligible to be a Member (VCS) or Affiliate (Local Government/ Public Sector/Private Sector).
The number of individuals that can become members is limited to no more than one third of the total number of non-public sector organisations in membership. If there are more applications for individual membership than this allows for, the decision on who to admit for individual membership will be decided by the Board on the basis of seeking to ensure that the overall membership reflects as far as possible, all sections of the community (eg new and emerging communities, women, disabled people, rural dwellers, young people etc.).