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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Policy network

SCVO’s policy network connects voluntary sector professionals in Scotland with an interest in policy and public affairs. Our members have access to a highly valued training and events programme and an online community space designed for collaboration and connection. The network is open to anyone in an SCVO member organisation either working in or with an interest in policy.  

Policy network community 

SCVO’s policy network has been around for over twenty years to offer the sector a space to discuss the rapidly changing world and how to influence it for the better. The network brings together policy professionals and enthusiasts to discuss common issues, build connections and network.  

Members can expect in person networking opportunities with fellow members and key stakeholders in government and parliament. We also offer an online community space for members to seek advice, exchange expertise, and share their policy and campaigns work.  

Policy network events 

Our training and events aim to equip members with the skills, knowledge, and connections needed to influence Scotland’s policy landscape. Previous events have included training on the Bills process, how to engage with political party manifestos, opportunities to meet political party researchers and other teams within parliament and government, and election results specials with Professor John Curtice.  

Join the SCVO policy network 

Joining the network is an exclusive benefit we offer to anyone in an SCVO membership organisation, which grants you access to our online community space and a wide range of training and events.  

To join, please contact

Meet the team

Kyrstie Brown

Leads our policy network and covers banking, community wealth building, and the lobbying act

Jason Henderson

Leads our better regulation work and is responsible for charity law and Fair Funding

Kirsten Hogg

Has strategic responsibility for SCVO's policy & research activity

Rachel Le Noan

Leads our transforming the economy work and is responsible for SCVO's work on Levelling Up

David Livey

Leads on Freedom of Information, procurement, the National Performance Framework, and climate change

Sheghley Ogilvie

Leads our Fair funding and procurement work and is responsible for Fair Work and the budgets