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Join ARCO

ARCO would like to invite all providers of retirement communities to join the Association. This page provides an overview of eligibility, the main benefits of membership and membership fees.

 

Eligibility

OutsideIn order to be eligible for membership, organisations and companies need to be operating at least one retirement community (this may also be referred to as a retirement village; extra care housing; housing with care; assisted living; close care apartments; or independent living) in the UK that qualifies for ARCO membership.

The following list provides an overview of the criteria for ARCO membership for an individual scheme. Please note that ARCO schemes must meet all of the criteria, i.e., the answer to each of the questions below must be ‘yes’. Does the retirement community:

  • Offer housing primarily for older people?
  • Offer self-contained accommodation which can be purchased and/or rented with security of tenure?
  • Enable residents to take advantage of personal care that is delivered flexibly, usually by staff based on the premises?
  • Have staff available on the premises for 24 hours a day?
  • Have domestic services for residents available?
  • Have facilities for meals to be available in restaurants or dining areas?
  • Offer communal facilities and are managed to encourage an active social programme in the community?
  • Aim to be a home for life and to enable people to “age in place”?

In addition, ARCO-registered schemes must comply with the principles set out in ARCO’s Standards and Compliance Framework, including the central pillar of ARCO’s Consumer Code.


Membership options

There are two main options for ARCO membership for providers of eligible retirement communities:

  • Full Membership
  • Full Membership with a small member discount

The difference between these two types of membership is reflected both in the subscription fees and the benefits members are entitled to.

ARCO’s membership year runs from September through August. Membership fees are based on a fee of £10.30 (plus VAT) per registered unit for the 2018-19 membership year, with caps and collars depending on the category of membership.

Full Membership

Full Members benefit from the following:

  • Eligibility to stand for election to the ARCO board at the AGM
  • Participation at the annual AGM, with voting rights in the election of Board members
  • Registration of all schemes with the ARCO Standard, including a membership certificate to be displayed in every registered scheme
  • Invitation to attend (or send representatives) to topical workshops organised throughout the year, free of charge
  • Access to ARCO marketing materials and participation in campaigns
  • Self-portrait on the ARCO website
  • Listing of schemes on the ARCO website
  • Use of ARCO branding rights
  • Inclusion of your logo in ARCO collateral and presentations

There is a collar (i.e. minimum payment) of £5,150 (plus VAT) per year, and a cap (i.e. maximum payment) of £10,300 (plus VAT) per year, regardless of how many units are registered (i.e., fewer than 500 or more than 1,000).

Full membership with small member discount

Full Members who take up the discount benefit from the following:

  • Participation at the annual AGM, with voting rights in the election of Board members
  • Registration of all schemes with the ARCO Standard, including a membership certificate to be displayed in every registered scheme
  • Access (for a fee) to topical workshop organised throughout the year
  • Access to ARCO marketing materials and participation in campaigns
  • Self-portrait on the ARCO website
  • Listing of registered schemes on the ARCO website
  • Use of ARCO branding rights
  • Inclusion of your logo in ARCO collateral and presentations

The minimum subscription is £1,030 (plus VAT) per year, even if fewer than 100 units are registered.


Other joining options

Other options for connecting with ARCO include Prospective Membership, the ARCO Affiliate Network, and the ARCO Accelerator Programme.

 

Prospective Membership

An organisation that is not currently operating an eligible retirement community but is in the process of building one can join ARCO as a Prospective Member. This incurs most of the same benefits as Full Members with the small member discount above, except Prospective Members do not have the same branding rights and do not receive certificates until after the scheme is built. The pricing structure for prospective members is the same as for full members (with no option for the small member discount).

ARCO Affiliate Network

An organisation that does not operate an eligible retirement community (and is not building one), that works in the housing-with-care sector and would like to be involved with ARCO can join the ARCO Affiliate Network. Please see the ARCO Affiliate Network for further information.

ARCO Accelerator Programme

The ARCO Accelerator Programme is a structured package of information and support for potential new entrants planning their entry into the UK housing-with-care market. Please see the ARCO Accelerator Programme for further information.

 

Please see ARCO’s Terms and Conditions for further details on the relationship between ARCO and its members and organisations that join the Association in other capacities.


Please contact ARCO’s Head of Operations Shandi Petersen at [email protected] or 020 3697 1204 if you would like to discuss any of the above options for joining ARCO.