RTBI has entered into an agreement to establish group membership of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and their sister organisations in Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Discussions are ongoing for Tables in Scotland. This is an important development for RTBI. In addition to recognising the contribution Tablers make to their communities, it establishes RTBI’s credentials as a leading organisation in the voluntary sector, and provides significant benefits to individual members and Tables.
NCVO alone has 11,000 member organisations and champions the voluntary sector and volunteering, providing expert support and advice.
Group membership means that every individual Tabler can enjoy the benefits of membership. In practice this means free access to a huge library of multimedia online learning resources on a range of topics of relevance to Tablers, including how voluntary organisations work and information about setting up and managing a charity, tips for developing your team, fundraising and income generation, event planning and management, health and safety, marketing, maximising the benefits of social media, and many more. Bespoke online training is also possible, depending on demand. There are a range of discounted and free services and products available including significant discounts on computer software, a membership helpdesk and a consultancy service. There are also opportunities for personal development and accredited training. NCVO provides a list of of funding opportunities together with tools and guides on accessing different sources of funding. NCVO has a strong voice, and uses this influence in lobbying and representing the interests of its member organisations to decision makers in government.
RTBI’s links with these voluntary sector organisations significantly raises its national profile amongst decision makers in local and national government, those working with communities and the public, and is yet another reason to be proud to be a Tabler.