Benefits of Joining

The more members CCPS has, the more influence it can wield with the key policy and decision makers. By joining CCPS:

  • you will gain – by becoming part of a representative body committed to lobbying on your behalf
  • CCPS will gain – from your experience, perspective and voice.

This page provides information about the benefits of membership and how to join.

Is membership appropriate for your organisation?

The work of CCPS and the issues with which it is chiefly concerned are relevant to third sector organisations which:

  • provide social care and support services in Scotland;
  • work with individuals and families who have been assessed as requiring care and support by a local authority social work department or other public body;
  • receive public funding through contracts, service level agreements or other formal arrangements with a local authority or other statutory body.

Membership subscriptions

CCPS is a self-financing coalition. All core staff and running costs are met from membership subscriptions.

Whilst CCPS may seek supplementary funding from external sources in relation to specific pieces of work, the core operating costs will continue to be funded solely by members, ensuring the coalition’s independence and members’ ownership of its activities.

Please contact Caroline Scott for details of current membership subscription rates.

Membership options available

Third sector organisations can become involved in the work of the association in three ways:

  1. Full membership: this option is available to all third sector service providers
  2. Subscription to the information service: this option is available only to those organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000. Organisations with an annual income of £500,000 or more are automatically invited to become full members

Membership benefits

Full Membership

Full members are entitled to:

  • Attendance at quarterly membership meetings and the AGM, and access to all associated agenda, papers and minutes
  • An equal voice and vote on membership meetings and at the AGM
  • Right to nominate and elect Office Bearers and Board members, and to stand for office or membership of the Board
  • Free multiple allocations of copies of all CCPS publications, including the quarterly Information Digest, policy papers and briefings
  • Invitations to participate in surveys and other research activities, and copies of all findings
  • Invitations to feed into collective consultation exercises
  • Invitations to join CCPS delegations to Scottish Government, COSLA, regulatory bodies, etc
  • Invitations to participate in all free CCPS members-only events, working groups and seminars
  • Advance notice of, and the opportunity to shape, all other CCPS events
  • Access to CCPS staff for specific information inquiries.

Subscriber status

Subscribers are entitled to

  • Quarterly Information Digest
  • Copy of all other CCPS publications, policy papers and briefing documents
  • Invitations to participate in surveys and other research activities, as appropriate, and copies of all findings
  • Advance notice of open CCPS events
  • Opportunities to feed issues and concerns into the CCPS agenda.

NB. Eligibility for subscriber status
Please note that the option to become a subscriber rather than a full member is only available to organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000; all other organisations are invited to become full members.

How To Join

The CCPS membership year commences in April. New members wishing to join part-way through the year are very welcome and subscriptions are charged on a half-year basis as appropriate. Please contact us to obtain an application form with details of current membership subscription rates.