Of those that responded to the survey, 82% were satisfied with their membership and 79% felt membership was good value for money. 84% said that the themes and issues National Voices focuses on are important to their organisation and the communities they represent. 92% agreed that National Voices is effective in strengthening the voices of people who use services, carers, and the organisations that represent them.
The three highest rated benefits of National Voices membership are ‘intelligence on developing policy issues’ (62%), ‘collective impact and influence as a coalition’ (61%), and ‘engaging in projects that shape policy and activities that influence decision makers’ (54%).
In a difficult funding climate, and at a time when society’s confidence in charities is at a low, it was particularly heartening to learn that 76% of respondents felt they are part of a coalition that helped them to connect with others in the sector.
The survey results are very positive, but there is always room to further improve how we support members, especially how we can make it easier and more rewarding to engage in National Voices’ work. The results from the survey will directly influence our planned priorities for 2017–18.
If you have any reflections on the survey results, or would like to have a chat about the benefits of joining National Voices, please do get in touch with me by email.