Membership to the HTSI
The HTSI values our members as a vital part of the governance and accountability of our organisation. As a member you will receive discounts to HTSI events, regular newsletters and opportunities to engage with the development of the Third Sector Interface in Highlands. Best of all our membership is free for eligible groups and individuals so that no matter what your financial resource you can enjoy HTSI Membership.
The TSI in Highland ensures local service delivery through our Partner Organisations with whom third sector groups can enjoy membership and enhanced member services separately from membership to the HTSI.
Criteria for membership
An organisation whether unincorporated or incorporated can apply for membership if they are identifiable as a third sector organisation. (For clarification, any organisation which is admitted as a member will be asked to nominate an individual to act on their behalf and where appropriate, to vote on behalf of the organisation at HTSI General Meetings.)
If you are an individual you need to be aged 16 or over and can clearly identify a strong link to the third sector, ideally you should also be clear why you aren't able to join as an organisation.
Any employee of the HTSI or any person seconded to the HTSI may not be nominated by an organisation to represent it.
Employees, Board members or nominees of Partner members will not be eligible for membership; a person who becomes an employee, Board Member or nominee of a partner shall automatically cease to be a member in their own right.
What is the third sector?
The Third Sector is made up of community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers (wherever they volunteer). An organisation is regarded as being in the third sector if it:
has a positive community purpose
is run by an unpaid (or mostly unpaid) committee
is not principally set up to distribute profit to shareholders
is not run by or affiliated to a political party or a government body
How to apply for membership
You can complete an online application for membership through Membership Mojo..
What happen's once you have applied
Once we receive your membership request it will go to the next HTSI board meeting. Please note that the HTSI Board only meets quarterly so there may be a delay in confirmation of your membership if the next board meeting isn't due for some time. Don't worry through because unless you are told otherwise you should be able to claim all the benefits of membership, including discounts during that period.
If you have any questions please contact the HTSI on 01349 864289.