VOCAL Membership

Member benefits


  • part of a network of informed and influential culture and leisure managers
  • access to an expanding network of key individuals working within strategic partner agencies
  • communication with senior policy makers within local and national government and strategic partner agencies

New thinking:

  • opportunities to exchange knowledge, ideas and information
  • the VOCAL conference – a key event for all culture and leisure managers
  • access to current issues and emerging forms of practice


  • increased profile and presence for individual members within the sector
  • increased profile and presence for the sector in relation to other partner areas such as the health, education, justice and environment

Strategic influence:

  • influence over the development of national policy in relation to Portfolio areas
  • a coordinated local government response to national consultations

News, activities and resources:

  • regular information on current news, events and key issues
  • access to resources and strategic guidance
  • benefits associated with initiatives such as How Good is Our Culture and Sport
  • access to seminars and key presentations

Portfolio areas:

  • Portfolio Area groups to co-ordinate and exchange ideas, information, resources, events, actions and responses across the five specialist areas

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Membership Types

Individual Membership - £50

  • Managers and Chief Officers employed by Scottish local authorities
  • Managers in Not for Profit Organisations commissioned by Scottish local authorities to provide Culture and/or Leisure services

Corporate Membership

For details on what is provided within the two corporate options for VOCAL membership please see the documents below.  These are set at £1,500 for ten members or £1,000 for five members.

2014 Membership Letter

VOCAL Corporate Membership

Honorary Membership – Free of Charge

  • Honorary members elected at Special or Annual General Meetings of the Association