Umbrella body rebrands to include all its members

Nathalie Thomas

NACVS has dropped 'Councils for Voluntary Service' from its name to become the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action.

According to Dianne Leyland, director of development at Navca - as the umbrella body will now be known - the re-brand is intended to reflect its wider membership, which includes more specialised local infrastructure organisations as well as councils for voluntary service.

"It's a shift in emphasis that acknowledges what is happening on the ground," she said.

Leyland hopes the name change will help stakeholder groups that it frequently consults, such as MPs and civil servants, to understand the variety of organisations it represents.

The name change precedes a vote at the organisation's annual general meeting in September on the issue of full membership for smaller infrastructure organisations. Such organisations are able to join Navca but currently have no say in the body's governance. A similar motion on full membership was defeated at last year's AGM.

A new website is being launched today to mark the re-brand, but the organisation is keeping its original logo in an effort to keep redesign costs to a minimum. The launch also coincides with the roll-out of performance standards and a quality award, designed to help members review and improve their services.

- See Feature, page 26.

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