A membership infrastructure organisation established to co-ordinate, support and act as the voice of the Voluntary Sector of the Youth Service in Lincolnshire on behalf of voluntary and community youth organisations. It seeks active partnerships with other parties to help and advance the education of young people so as to promote their potential development physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually, as individuals, as responsible citizens, and as members of their local, national and international communities through support to, and encouraging quality provision by, member organisations involved in the personal development of young people.
The LCVYS Constitution stipulates that membership is open to organisations that are approved by the Trustees (voluntary and community sector organisations who are providing services for children or young people) and organisations that meet the Charity’s Objects, namely:
“To help and advance the education, personal and social development of young people so as to promote their potential development physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. Where it is able, the Charity seeks to combat discrimination on the grounds of sex, gender, age, marital status, responsibility for dependants, race and ethnic origin, beliefs, sexual orientation and disabilities.”
The LCVYS Constitution stipulates that Trustees may only refuse an application for membership if, acting reasonably and properly, they consider it to be in the best interests of the Charity to refuse the application. Applicants will be notified in writing of the reasons for the refusal within twenty-one days of the decision being passed.
Associate Membership is deemed as open to local bodies concerned with young people but not eligible for Full Membership.
So as to provide a consistent service to young people, all member organisations of the Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services agree with, and have a commitment to, the following and seek to demonstrate this commitment in their youth work practice:
- Provide Activities which benefit young people.
- Raising the aspirations of young people.
- Providing identifiable mechanisms for listening to, and consulting with, young people.
- Responding to identified personal needs.
- Including young people in management, planning and evaluation of the activities in which they are involved.
- Involving young people in community and citizenship initiatives and taking responsibility.
- Providing initiatives that offer opportunities for personal, spiritual and social development.
- Embracing good equal opportunities practice which challenges discrimination and prejudice, demonstrates social inclusion and targets elements of work towards young people who miss out on life’s opportunities.
- Participation in partnership and multi-agency initiatives.
- Evaluate work undertaken with young people to identify what works best.
Groups in LCVYS membership are required to have ALL governance documents, policies to insure the safety and wellbeing of the young people they work with and where necessary staff and volunteers that are disclosing and barring checked.
Member organisations likewise seek to either have in place, or are working towards the following policies:
- Equality and diversity
- Health and Safety
- Data Protection
Member organisations have in place:
- DBS Checks for Volunteers and staff working with young people.
Member organisations will also collect statistical data about the young people they work with on an annual basis as follows and submit this to LCVYS:
- Total number of young people (members) in the age bands under 11’s, 11-12, 17-19, 20-25yrs.
- Gender breakdown
- The number of young people from an ethnic minority background
- Total volume of attendances
Upon receipt of completed Membership Application form and all required documentation, the application will be advised to the Trustees of LCVYS who shall consider at a Trustees Meeting the acceptance, deferment or rejection of the application. Upon acceptance, an email will be sent to the email provided on the billing details.
Your contact details may be passed to other member organisations, Lincolnshire County Council and other organisations that may, from time to time, be engaged in partnership with Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services.