EVA Membership

Our member
organisations are volunteer-led by members of the
community who give their time and energy to make life better for Enfield and its people, and our
trustees are drawn from those organisations.

EVA members provide a broad range of advice, activities, and
services to Enfield’s residents – social care, health, arts, sports, youth work, older people, environmental,
housing and homelessness,
tenants and residents associations, support for people with
disabilities and
mental health problems, addiction, volunteering opportunities, employment, social exclusion, equalities issues, and much more.

Who can apply?

All charitable, voluntary & community groups providing services to residents in the London Borough of Enfield are eligible to become Full, Associate, or Introductory members of EVA.

Membership of EVA is currently free of charge.

Please read the criteria on this page before making your application.

For every type of membership you must complete our Membership application form online. EVA will allocate your membership category according to the answers you give on the form.

You will be asked to upload a copy of your Governing Document (only a draft is required for Introductory members ) and your most recent Year End Accounts / Income & Expenditure Statement.

To become a Full or Associate member you will be asked to upload a set of required policies. The full criteria are set out below.

EVA will support any eligible group – by supplying appropriate sample governance and policy templates, one-to-one support, and training and event opportunities – to enable development from Introductory to Full membership.

Full Membership

Full membership is for any community organisation with charitable aims, independent of local or central government control, providing at least 80% of its services to Enfield residents, and with all required policies in place.

Full membership confers rights to nominate & vote on EVA’s Trustees, and to vote on the accounts and any changes to EVA’s constitution.

All Full members are eligible to promote their services and activities on Simply Connect Enfield.

The minimum requirements are

  • ·An appropriate governing document.
  • A Management Committee / Board of Trustees or Directors of at least 3 members.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Safeguarding Policy.
  • Health and Safety Policy.
  • Data Protection Policy.
  • A copy of the most recent Year End Accounts.

EVA can supply appropriate sample templates for policies which are not yet in place.

Groups based in London Borough of Enfield, but with a London-wide or national remit according to their Governing Document, may be eligible for Associate Membership – see below – but will not be eligible for Full Membership.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is for any community organisation with charitable aims, independent of local or central government control, providing some services to Enfield residents (but less than 80% of its services), and with all required policies in place.

Associate members will not have rights to nominate & vote on EVA’s Trustees, and to vote on the accounts and any changes to EVA’s constitution.

All Associate members are eligible to be part of Simply Connect Enfield.

The minimum requirements are

  • An appropriate governing document.
  • A Management Committee / Board of Trustees or Directors of at least 3 members.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Safeguarding Policy.
  • Health and Safety Policy.
  • Data Protection Policy.
  • A copy of the most recent Year End accounts.

Introductory Membership

Introductory membership is for any community organisation with charitable aims, and providing 80% of its services to Enfield residents, which does not yet have all required policies in place. EVA will work with groups in this category to support their development to Full membership.

The minimum requirements are

  • A Management Committee of at least 3 members, and
  • A draft Governing Document
  • Income & Expenditure Statement.

After you have made your application

We will contact you if we need any further information about your organisation.

Your application will be referred to the EVA Trustees for approval.

We will write to you confirming whether your application is successful and, if so, the category of membership that has been agreed for your organisation.

Reasons for not granting membership

It may, on occasion, be necessary for EVA’s Trustees to turn down an application for membership. The reasons will be explained in writing to you in full and, if appropriate, you will have an opportunity to provide further information.

Reasons an application may be turned down include

  • An organisation fails to produce the required policies as outlined in the above process.
  • An organisation is involved in activities likely to cause undue controversy or damage to the reputation of EVA or of the voluntary and community sector in the London Borough of Enfield.
  • An organisation is involved in activities that are incompatible with their role as a voluntary or community organisation e.g. using a charity status to run as a private or for-profit business.
  • The financial probity of an organisation is unclear.
  • The aims and activities of an organisation conflict with the aims and objectives of Enfield Voluntary Action.

Making an application

If you are not able to complete the form all at once, you will be able to part-complete it and return to the form at a later time.

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