Become A Member

Joining 3VA means we are better able to work with you and support others in doing so as we know more about you and your work. With a range of benefits for our diverse range of over 550 members, including preferential rates on services, why not join the growing network?


Membership Criteria

Membership is available to voluntary and community groups who are working for the benefit of people in the Eastbourne, Lewes District and Wealden areas. Groups' commitment to equal opportunities must be consistent with 3VA’s Statement of Values and Equal Opportunities and membership is not available to groups with aims or objectives relating to party politics.


Members must have:

  • A clearly defined purpose
  • A governing document such as set of rules or a constitution
  • A clear decision making mechanism (e.g. a committee)
  • Appropriate financial records and a bank account in the name of the group or organisation with two unrelated signatories
  • All necessary insurances, such as public liability insurance
  • All necessary policies such as child protection, confidentiality, equal opportunities
  • Commitment to the furtherance of 3VA's objectives
  • Commitment to 3VA's Statement of Values & Equality

How to apply:

  1. Complete the membership application form and send to
  2. The group support team will contact you to complete a brief healthcheck for your group to ensure you meet the right criteria.
  3. 3VA's Board of Trustees consider applications for membership when they meet quarterly.
  4. We will write to let you know the outcome of your application.

Meeting the criteria

If you are unsure whether you would meet the membership criteria, please contact our Group Support Team who can work with you to help you achieve membership.


Updating your details

Once a year we ask all members to check we hold the right details for them. This information is used to update our online Members' Directory, as well as helping us to understand what organisations are out there and key characteristics like income, staff/volunteer numbers and areas of work. If your contact details change in any way please email  or call Martina Taylor on 01323 639373.