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

How Social Value Act can help you win business or build stronger long-term partnerships

Date: 08/10/2024

Time: 10:30 – 12:00

Location: Online Webinar


SOCIAL VALUE ACT, CSR, ESG… what does it all mean?


The Social Value Act came into force 2012 but it has taken twelve years to finally get taken seriously.. AT LAST!
If you would like to know more about the Social Value Act and how it can help you win business, or if you are a charity and need to understand it so you can build stronger long term partnerships with businesses, and talk to them more commercially to create win win relationships, come and list to Claire Thayers, who has worked in marketing for many years, and then worked in charity so she can bridge the two sectors and can help you to ‘talk the same language’.


Speaker’s Bio


Claire is a freelance CSR consultant, with a marketing background and experience of working in the private, public and charitable sectors.


She grew up in the Cotswolds, and was a young farmer, and ex farmers wife, and she began her career working in the world of packaging design as Account Director and was lucky enough to work with major brands such as Kraft, Unilever, Volvo, Marks and Spencer, Spillers, Selfridges and quickly realised that brands were not just about pretty packaging and print, but about embedded values.


In 1999 she moved to Cornwall and her ethos changed when she was writing the marketing strategy for Coodes Solicitors, the biggest law firm in the county. Their mission statement was ‘being part of the community of which we serve’ and she used that as her proposition. She quickly realised that supporting good causes was truly good for business – great content for marketing purposes but great for HR too!


Whilst at the law firm, she worked with Cornwall Community Foundation to create the Cornwall 100 club, a philanthropic club for local Cornish businesses, and she was then head hunted to progress that, working for the charity. During that time she grew the club to nearly 80 businesses, that included Roddas, St Austell Brewery, Rick Steins as well as businesses of all sizes and in all sectors with the aim to make a difference to those less fortunate, whilst delivering a business case for doing so


During her time in Cornwall she sat on the board of Fifteen, created the Cornwall food and farm business awards, in association with the Western Morning News to raise funds for the Addington Fund. She also sat on the board of the Cornwall School of Social Entrepreneurs, and was a tutor/mentor, and is a big supporter of social enterprise, and sat on the board of the Cornwall School of Social Entrepreneurs. She also was asked to deliver training in France to French and English students.


She worked with Visit Cornwall, giving talks in Milan on sustainable tourism, and travelled Europe as part of the SW Regional Growth Fund. In the early days, she also worked for Kim Conchie, CEO of Cornwall Chamber to grow the membership and engage with public and charitable sectors, and created the Large Enterprise Action Group, with the senior execs of the biggest businesses to encourage collaborative cross sector working.


As a single mum, she returned to the Cotswolds as her daughters wanted to move ‘up country’ and she worked for a short term with Folk2Folk a peer to peer lender that worked closely with farmers who wished to diversify Prior to Covid her main client was Happerley, a company passionate about provenance…as so many untruths told in the food industry and as a result the farmers and producers are loosing out to cheap imports and greedy middle men. She has also worked with the CEO of Mid Counties Coop and created the Food Glorious Food campaign that encouraged new businesses to enter, showcase their products and the final ten presented at a Dragons Den with Adam Henson and Phil Vickery (rugby) with all ten finalists obtaining listings into their local stores.


She also worked with The Vale of Glamorgan Council, and is now a trustee for the Gloucestershire Community Foundation to help them to engage with businesses


She currently works with Spirax Sarco a Footsie 50 business helping them deliver their CSR, include volunteering and also working with Visit Gloucestershire and also helps Chelt Borough Council to deliver their Social Value
She sits on the board of Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce and has replicated the Large Enterprise Action Group for the town, along with Together Gloucestershire, which was created to encourage local procurement, reduce carbon working closely with Cirencester Chamber and FSB, and embrace Social Valu act.


She is a regular contributor to Radio Gloucestershire, Cotswolds radio and continues to volunteer in her local community.

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Outline of reasonable adjustments

Date: 12/11/2024

Time: 10:30 – 12:00

Location: Online Webinar


In this session, our speaker Catherine Leggett, from Aûtentic will cover:

• Introduction to reasonable adjustments
• Who is entitled to adjustments, and when?
• Confidentiality
• How to decide if an adjustment is reasonable or not
• Managing employees expectations when requests can’t be accommodated
• Best-practice reasonable adjustments processes and policies
• Further resources

*suitable for HR/EDI/Managers

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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.