3Sc Membership

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3SC’s membership scheme provides advice and support to improve your social business and be successful in winning and delivering public sector contracts either as an individual organisation or as part of a 3SC supply chain.

3SC members receive information on tender opportunities and an opportunity to deliver on contracts we win alongside a full range of sector-specific advice and support.  This helps members access, be contract ready to win and also successfully deliver, both large and small public sector contracts. Membership also includes access and signposting to business support across many areas including funding, business development, social impact evaluation and marketing.

Alongside these valuable support services, 3SC membership also offers an opportunity to join an influential group of charities and social organisations providing a united voice in challenging the current issues within public procurement processes that provide a barrier to so many third sector organisations. Join us in pushing through changes that enable all third sector organisations, particularly smaller ones, greater access to government contracts and the opportunity to be able to compete for them on a level playing field.

3SC has supported and enabled the third sector to access more than £84million since its inception.  In 2018-19 alone we supported our supply chains to access in excess of £8million. We have always been committed to delivering public services through local, passionate, mission driven, social organisations who deliver the crucial social impact and outcomes that are needed in person centred public services.

We know that change is required in procurement processes in all areas of local and central government. We are committed to making those changes happen and invite you to join us as a 3SC Member.

You can join for free and benefit from limited services as an Associate Member or become a Full Member for a small annual fee.

What benefits do I get as an Associate or Full Member?

Benefit Associate Member Full Member
Sector Updates – containing tender opportunities, articles on key issues and other news for the third sector X X
Access to a Full Member only section of the 3SC website which includes: toolkits (see below); information; member events and news about future funding opportunities X
Access to new tender and contract opportunities X X
A Self-Assessment Toolkit to identify areas where you can improve your business, check if you are new contract/bid ready and/or areas you need to work on to pass due diligence processes and be a preferred provider. You can assess your organisation against a set of criteria on:

  • Governance and Leadership
  • Risk
  • Finance
  • Business Processes and Social Value
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Skills and Knowledge of the Workforce
  • Information Technology and Security

The toolkit will signpost you to further support as required, for example, a suite of organisational policies and procedures that can be tailored to suit your organisation

A suite of policies and procedures which can be downloaded and tailored to your organisation X
Member Events – regular forums, learning and networking sessions plus lobbying events. X
(per event fee)
Individual advice and support, for example, advice on funding, business development issues and/or signposting to additional cost (discounted) support services including social impact evaluation, marketing X
Marketing opportunities – the opportunity to be profiled on our website, be part of news articles and events X
Marketing support – providing copy that can be used by Full Members on their websites X
Access to discounts and sector specific offers X

Membership Events

3SC hold several events throughout the year in the form of face-to-face and online webinars and are offered as part of signing up to Membership. Each event is unique and will be held covering a range of topics to help improve your business, knowledge on Neurodiversity and provide the opportunity to learn something new.


If you would like more details on the events 3SC offer or how to sign up, please contact us at membership@3sc.org

Face to Face Networking Event

Date: 29/05/2024

Time: 13:30 – 16:00

Location: Greenwich Twin office London


Our expert speaker, Steven Mitchell, Twin Group Partnership Director will give us a masterclass on how partnerships can make or break a business.


Few organisations can achieve all their goals by working in silos: Partnerships are essential, especially for most third sector providers whose expertise can change the lives of those they serve but who are invariably hampered by lack of resources and time to develop the stakeholder and partnership network they need to thrive.


This session is designed for those providers who find this aspect challenging. It identifies the variety of partnerships available, and explores best practice scenarios for establishing and maintaining those crucial partner and stakeholder relationships.


We will also be joined by Carly Parker, Partnership Manager and James McKenna, Learning & Assessment Consultant from the Institute of Employability Professionals. They will be discussing the theme of partnership with a talk titled ‘Discover the Power of Collaboration.’


Lastly we will hear from our own Kathryn Jellings, 3SC Director.

Register Here

Neuro-inclusive recruitment

Date: 11/06/2024

Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Location: Online Webinar


Join our master class on Neuro-inclusive recruitment, we will spend the sessions sharing and developing lots of ideas to enable your organisation to develop your own neuro-confident processes and procedures.

As part of the session we will be looking at creating neurodiverse supportive organisations and practice that make the application stage, interviews and onboarding a level playing field for neurodiverse talent.

Register Here


The cost of membership works on a sliding scale according to the size of your organisation as per the following table.

Level Price  
4 or less Staff £100.00 per Year. Select
5 - 15 Staff £300.00 per Year. Select
16 - 49 Staff £500.00 per Year. Select
50+ Staff £700.00 per Year. Select
Associate Free.
Membership expires after 12 Months.