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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.

About our training

Here's everything you need to know about our training programme, and why you'll find that SCVO's learning and development offer is great for your staff, volunteers and organisation.

Here's what we offer

As the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector in Scotland, the contact we have with our community of members, charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups of all shapes and sizes helps us understand the learning and development support that's needed within the sector.

We deliver a training programme packed with engaging and inspiring courses to help people learn and enhance their performance and productivity. Our courses cover a wide range of skills, including governance and safeguarding, funding and finance, people management, social impact reporting and project management, lots of practical skills and much more…

We work in partnership with our network of expert trainers to produce courses relevant to the voluntary sector in Scotland. Find out more about them on our meet the trainers page.

Practical information

This is a full list of courses we run. Some run more often than others. Check our events & training calendar to see what's coming up.

  • Adapt and develop your management skills: managing people in the modern world
  • All things financial: budgeting and sound financial management
  • All things financial: annual accounting, governance and reporting
  • Be report writing ready
  • Building personal resilience and self confidence
  • Comms and marketing made easy
  • Develop your fundraising skills: thriving funds in difficult times
  • Effective minute taking virtually and beyond
  • Emergency first aid at work (SCQF6)
  • Get started with fundraising: building capacity to raise funds
  • Guide to good governance: board and staff relationships 
  • Guide to good governance: defining strategy, culture and values 
  • Guide to good governance: running effective board meetings
  • How to win contracts and Service Level Agreements
  • Introduction to data protection and the GDPR 
  • Introduction to equity, diversity and inclusion within charities 
  • Introduction to people management: essentials for team leaders, supervisors and managers
  • Introduction to project management
  • Introduction to safeguarding
  • Meeting today's volunteering challenges
  • Plan, measure and report social impact
  • Social media fundamentals 
  • Time management in the workplace
  • Train the trainer: a training toolkit.

Sign up to our training bulletin to find out when these courses are available to book by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

We work in partnership with our network of expert trainers to develop and deliver our courses. They all have a genuine interest in the voluntary sector and with decades of experience they bring a broad range of specialisms, skills and knowledge. You can find out more about our trainers and the courses they deliver on our meet the trainers page.

The easiest way to book is through your My SCVO account.

If you don't have an account, you can set one up now. You don't have to be an SCVO member to get an account, but if your organisation is a member you can link to it to access membership benefits.

Create a My SCVO account or sign-in now

Your My SCVO account is personal to you. If you are trying to book for someone else, the easiest thing is for them to set up their own My SCVO account and book their own place. If you have any problems you can email and one of the team will be happy to help.

Costs for our courses vary depending on their structure and duration. We also offer exclusive discounts to SCVO members. Here's an idea of how much our training costs:

Course lengthMember priceNon-member price
Half day £90£130
2 x three hours or full day£125£195
3 x three hours£185£265
2 x full days£185£265

We have different payment options to suit you:

  • You can pay online by card when booking
  • You can request an invoice when booking and it will be sent nearer the time of the course.

If you have any questions about payment simply email and one of the team will be happy to help.

Members get a discount on every course and receive discounted rates when booking bespoke training with our in-house training service. You will also be the first to hear about upcoming training and any new courses. And of course, you'll also get access to SCVO's range of member benefits.

Sign up to our training bulletin at the bottom of this page.

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Most of our training courses are delivered online. When you pick an event or course through our events and training calendar you'll be able to see which format it is. If you're looking for in-person training for your team, you can find out more about our in-house training offer.

After learners have completed one of our courses they will receive a certificate of achievement, which states the title, date, duration and trainer, and is signed by Anna Fowlie, CEO of SCVO. This is a good way to keep track of their learning and development journey.

Learners will receive any pre-course materials and/or a package of learning materials on completion of the course, which means learning can continue beyond the course. 

Our training is open and accessible to everyone.
If you have any particular adjustments or support requests, we're happy to work with you to make sure you get the most out of our courses. Email if you'd like to discuss any accessibility requirements and one of the team will be in touch within the week.

Here are some examples of adjustments we've been able to make for delegates in the past:

  • Course learning materials in advance
  • Learning materials in alternative formats
  • Free online or in-person places for carers and personal assistants
  • Accommodating assistance animals for in-person training sessions.

If you need to cancel your place on a training course, please email us at We appreciate you letting us know as soon as possible so we can offer the place to someone else, as we often have a waiting list.

If you cancel with less than 10 days notice, we may have to take a cancellation fee. More details can be found in our terms and conditions, which you'll receive when you book.

If you have any questions about your booking, please get in touch with the team and let us help by emailing

Do you want to bring our training in-house, so you can offer it to a wider number of staff and volunteers? No problem! We offer bespoke in-house training packages, where we'll find out what you need and provide you with a tailored offer that meets your needs.

Members receive discounted rates on all our in-house training packages.

Find out more about our in-house training.

Did you know that SCVO members get an exclusive discount on our training courses? You could be saving money, plus accessing all of the other benefits of SCVO membership like exclusive content and webinars, access to free legal support and more.

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Terms & conditions

Here's the full terms and conditions for our training programme.

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