SCOVI member organisations and individuals become part of a network providing peer support and information exchange. Members can influence the direction of the SCOVI by attending Members’ Forums and joining standing committees.

Who can join?

Membership is open to individuals and organisations who are in agreement with SCOVI’s mission and aims, and seek to contribute to the vision sector in Scotland. Service providers, advocates, researchers, and all those with an interest in vision and sight loss issues are welcome to join.

Individuals, voluntary organisations, private and public bodies (excluding Local Authorities and Health Boards) join as full Members. Local Authorities and Health Boards join as Associate Members.

Membership fees vary depending on type of member and type and size or organisation. The annual rates from 1 April 2018 are detailed below. Please contact us if you have any questions about the membership rates.

This is a picture of some of SCOVI's members attending a members' forum
This is a picture of a workshop at the SCOVI conference, it shows some members gathered round a flipchart.

Membership Rates 2018

Membership type Income band Annual Membership fee
MemberIndividual n/a £10 (free for first year)
MemberVoluntary Organisation 0-£50,000 £50
£50,001-£100,000 £100
£100,001-£500,000 £150
£500,001-£1million £250
£1million+ £400
£5million+ £500
MemberPublic or Private Sector (excluding Local Authorities and Health Boards) 0-£50,000 £75
£50,001-£100,000 £150
£100,001-£500,000 £200
£500,001-£1million £300
£1million+ £450
£5million+ £600
Associate memberLocal Authority or Health Board 0-£500million £200
£500million-£1billion £300
£1billion+ £500

The membership year runs from April to March (i.e. the financial year), and the above rates take effect from 1 April 2018.

Membership process

If you would like to join SCOVI, please complete the SCOVI Membership Form. You must give consent for your contact information to be stored, managed and used by SCOVI for membership purposes, as described in the Declaration at the end of the form.

You will receive acknowledgement of you membership application within 5 working days of submission. Your application will then be discussed by the SCOVI Trustee Board, and will be accepted, deferred (if further information is required), or declined. The outcome of this discussion will be communicated to you as soon as possible, with reasons if applicable.

If your membership application is accepted, you will be sent an invoice for payment, along with appropriate login details for the website.

You will be invited to renew your membership annually (reminders/invoices should be issued in March). This invitation will also provide you with the opportunity to update your contact details. However, if these details change during the course of the year, please do let SCOVI know (email so we can update our records.

Member benefits

Benefits of membership include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduced Annual Conference rates
  • Reduced training and workshop rates
  • Regular member communications and surveys
  • Easy access to SCOVI staff
  • Priority in public affairs and lobbying work
  • Strategic decision making over SCOVI campaigns and organisational development
  • Other benefits are being developed

Associate membership benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduced Annual Conference rates
  • Regular newsletter updates
  • Direct communications on service provision issues
  • Close relationship with campaigning and lobbying activity within SCOVI