How to join

Please contact the Shared Learning Group via the website if you are interested in joining.

There are four types of membership available:

Full membership

Full membership is open to medium or large national voluntary organisations (we define these as organisations which employ more than 15 staff and have an annual income of £1 million or more) with an interest in health or social care.  The nominated member (or their representative) is invited to 6 meetings per year, which are held in central London and last for about 4 hours.  At meetings, members can raise issues of concern / interest to them. They also discuss topics which have previously been identified by members as a priority.  Full members are able to access a password protected area of our website. This contains documents that members wish to share only with other members. They also have access to online discussion threads and contact details of other Shared Learning Group members. They have access to training events organised by the Shared Learning Group. They can nominate  a colleague to join the Shared Learning Group on Involvement in Research at no additional cost. They are also asked to sign up to our terms of reference.

The cost of full membership is currently £500 per year.

Associate membership

Associate membership is available to small organisations at national, regional or local level that have an interest in service user / carer involvement.  Associate members are invited to come to at least one Shared Learning Group meeting of their choice every year.   Associate members are able to access a password protected area of our website. This contains documents that members wish to share only with other members. They also have access to online discussion threads and contact details of other Shared Learning Group members. They have access to training events organised by the Shared Learning Group, and are eligible to join our Research Sub-group. They are also asked to sign up to our terms of reference.

The cost of associate membership is currently £150 per year.  Associate membership is only open to small organisations (i.e. organisations which employ fewer than 15 staff and have an annual income of less than £1 million).

Shared Learning Group on Involvement in Research membership only

Voluntary organisations can also apply to join our Research Sub-group only, if they have a particular interest in involvement in research. Research Sub-group members are invited to attend three meetings of the Sub-group per year, and are also invited to attend any training events organised by the Shared Learning Group. They have access to the password protected area of our website. They also have access to online discussion threads and contact details of other Shared Learning Group on Involvement in Research members.

The cost of Research Sub-group only membership is £200 per year.

Alumni members

Alumni members are former members of the Shared Learning Group who have been invited to remain involved. They do not have access to the password protected area of our website.