Membership

Membership
Become a part of the SSE Network

Swindon Social Enterprise Network is a membership organisation focused on supporting Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurs based or working in the borough of Swindon. Membership of the network is also open to Social Enterprises in the surrounding areas and Public and Private sector organisations with an interest in, or who are actively promoting or supporting Social Enterprise.

Whether you are an up and running social enterprise, aspiring to become a social enterprise, or want to support and engage with social enterprise in Swindon; membership is open to you.

IMPORTANT: By becoming a member not only do you agree to comply with the membership requirements of the relevant membership type but also that your details will be used to construct a directory that will be available and searchable on this site by other members.

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On this page we invite you to become a member of the Swindon Social Enterprise Network in accordance with the membership requirements of each membership category.

As this is a network we actively encourage all members to consider how you can perhaps help others and what assistance; as an emerging, new or existing social enterprise, you currently need. By declaring these things it enables members to search the directory based on offers/needs and potentially get in direct contact with each other to discuss areas for collaboration.

By becoming a member you will be able to attend all events (some charges may be applicable) and if you wish you can tick the box to be kept updated with news and events via e-mail.

Thank you for joining us and choosing to become a “Champion” of Social Enterprise in Swindon.

Please remember that all members are required to abide by the SSEN members code of conduct and that membership remains at the discretion of the SSEN Steering Group.

Once you select your member level, you will be asked to create a user account and password, so that you can keep your details up to date at any time.

Full Member

For organisations who fully meet the Social Enterprise code

Membership Requirements

To meet the requirements for full membership you must (if asked to do so) provide satisfactory evidence to the SSEN steering group that you/your organisation:

 

  • Is a social enterprise operating in Swindon
  • Adheres to the “Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise published on this website”
  • Is a: Company limited by guarantee or shares*; CIC limited by guarantee or shares*; Registered Charity;  Cooperative or Community Benefit Society, or Trust
  • Is actively trading
  • Has governing documents that demonstrate an “asset lock”
  • Agrees to abide by the SSEN members code of conduct

 

*If your structure is “limited by shares” the shares should also be asset locked and no dividends should be payable

Associate Member

Open to incorporated organisations who operate to provide social benefit or return but do not fully comply with the Social Enterprise code

 

Membership Requirements

To meet the requirements for associate membership you must (if asked to do so) provide satisfactory evidence to the SSEN steering group that you/your organisation:

 

  • Is incorporated and operating as a social enterprise
  • Complies with most elements of the requirements of the Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise published on this website
  • Has a clear, written statement of social or environmental benefit included in the governing documents
  • You may also be a fully code compliant social enterprise with a registered office outside Swindon, delivering services within the Swindon area
  • Agrees to abide by the SSEN members code of conduct

Affliliate Member

Open to organisations who may be new or potential social enterprises or unincorporated voluntary organisations and operate to provide social benefit or return.

Membership Requirements

To meet the requirements for affiliate membership you must (if asked to do so) provide satisfactory evidence to the SSEN steering group that you/your organisation:

 

  • Has a governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules
  • Has a clear, written statement of purpose that demonstrates social or environmental benefit
  • Can provide an independent referee such as a funder or partner willing to support your application
  • Agrees to abide by the SSEN members code of conduct

SE Partner

Social Enterprise partner membership is open to all organisations and individuals within colleges, schools, businesses, corporations, charities, community groups etc. throughout the private and public sector who wish to offer support for the growth of Social Enterprise in Swindon.

Membership Requirements

  • Although not obligatory for SE Partner membership, SE Partners are encouraged to declare how they are able to add and/or receive value by being a member of the network
  • Agrees to abide by the SSEN members code of conduct