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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.

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Our latest members

Welcome to all the organisations that have joined SCVO recently. You can find out more about them below:

Gairloch Community Hall

Joined SCVO as a Member on 25 September

We are a community hall serving Gairloch and the surrounding area. We are the only operating large capacity hall in the area. Our activities include, Concerts, Markets, sports activities, physical exercise groups for all ages, youth activities such as Scouts and a youth club.We are the local polling station and centre for NHS vaccinations. We maintain and operate the local public toilets

Scottish Tenants Organisation

Joined SCVO as a Member on 25 September

Scottish Tenants Organisation supports and enables tenants in all matters relating to their housing.

Arbroath Petanque Club

Joined SCVO as a Member on 22 September

We are a newly formed Petanque club aiming to spread the game of Petanque as a sport or activity which is accessible to all age groups and ranges of ability or disability. We provide outdoor activity in a supportive and friendly environment promoting community and fellowship.

International Students Support Scheme

Joined SCVO as a Member on 22 September

We support international students through tailored services and help them achieve their goals in life through education

REFEO - Refugee Education For Equal Employment Opportunities

Joined SCVO as a Member on 22 September

REFEO is a registered charity that exists to support refugees’ successful resettlement and integration within British society through access to higher education and employment.REFEO strives to fill the gaps in services to which refugees can access if they want to pursue their studies in UK universities or find suitable jobs.

Corrie Community Garden CIC

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

Weare a group of passionate individuals who have accepted the lease for the Auld Donkey Field in Corrie, Arran. We are all keen to grow food locally and reconnect with the somewhat forgotten art of growing fruit and vegetables. The six of us have different skill sets, building, cooking, social media and more, and are excited to share and develop these skills, while developing the garden into a more accessible, comfortable space which produces a good yield of fruit and vegetables Hundreds of studies have shown how gardening reduces depression, lowers stress levels and anxiety and lightens the mood. Giving folk the chance to grow and to be trusted with looking after and caring for plants brings a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Being outdoors in nature has a calming effect. The benefits of being in the garden run far deeper than just exercise! The greatest change we need to make is from food consumption to food production, even on a micro scale if only ten percent of us do this, there would be enough food for everyone. Growing locally we reduce our carbon footprint by cutting out the pollution caused by transportation and large scale agriculture. We will measure this through garden footfall and with the growing of an abundance of nutritious food. Frequent ferry disruption and the lockdowns of 2020/21 highlighted how vulnerable our food supply is here on the island. As current stewards of the garden it is our duty to regenerate the soil and to prepare the land for the growing of local produce on ½ acre of our garden in 2024, increasing this to 1 acre in 2025. We will use our tried and tested “no-dig” methods to grow an abundance of food and will encourage the community to participate in seed sharing, tool borrowing and honesty box initiatives, whilst continuing to educate our community on the importance of the growing of healthy nutritious food locally.

Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network Limited

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

Edinburgh Social Enterprise supports, promotes and develops social enterprise in Edinburgh and serves as a hub creating social and economic growth.

Heids and Herts Scotland SCIO

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

Heids and Herts Scotland was established to foster social connection across North East Fife by encouraging wider access and participation in art and creative activities. We are working alongside community builders to tackle the stigma around Social Isolation and Loneliness. Government data reveals that 15000 (one in every four adults) across our North East Fife communities feel lonely some or all of the time. We passionately believe that Arts and culture can foster a sense of community and belonging. By creating spaces for people to come together and share their experiences, art can help build strong bonds between individuals and communities. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health, and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness.

Hope Church Bingham

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

The advancement of the Christian faith in accordance with the Statement of Faith primarily but not exclusively within Bingham and the surrounding neighbourhood.Such other charitable purposes as shall, in the opinion of the charity trustees, put into practice the Christian faith in accordance with the Statement of Faith, including but not limited to: the prevention and relief of need, hardship and sickness; the advancement of education; and the provision of community facilities; provided that the advancement of such purposes must be undertaken in a manner that is consistent with Ethical Statements as may be adopted and amended by the Church from time to time in accordance with the provisions of the Church Handbook.

Marybank/Maryhill Community Association

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

We are set up to benefit the local community. Raise funds and do funding applications for improvements for play areas, community areas and the general upkeep of the area.We are the first point of contact for any problems in the area and will try our best to rectify them on the residents behalf.We also work closely with area councillors to take matters back to council level and apply for ward funding.

Moray Art Centre

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

A registered charity (SC028270), Moray Art Centre offers an annual programme of local and international exhibitions and events alongside a full programme of classes and weekend workshops for all levels.Each year during July and August the centre hosts a vibrant summer school taught by award winning artists and tutors and attracting both local art enthusiasts and international visitors.

Rosemount Lifelong Learning

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

Rosemount Lifelong Learning is a registered charity (SCO28909) dedicated to supporting people in and around the North Glasgow area to reach their potential. We offer a wide range of community learning opportunities whilst simultaneously supporting individuals to address some of the barriers when accessing learning. Some of those barriers include limited access to affordable childcare, addiction support and employment to highlight a few. We provide a range of free learning opportunities and support services to the North Glasgow community; supporting people to reach their potential and experience positive changes in their lives. Our aim is to alleviate and reduce the pressures of poverty, tackle social exclusion, reduce marginalisation and support collaboration within the community.

Saughtonhall Community Association

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

The Saughtonhall Community Association aims to bring people together in our local community. We have a Community Hall on Saughtonhall Avenue with extensive grounds behind the hall. This field is unique in western Edinburgh and features an orchard. There is plenty of space here for community events, children's parties, community barbecues, picnics etc.

Springburn Unity Network

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

Springburn Unity Network (SUN) was established in 2021 in Springburn to unite people from all walks of life by promoting and emphasising the importance of UNITY within our Communities. Springburn is one of the most diverse communities in Glasgow and the principle organisers of the organisation consists of people from multicultural backgrounds including local indigenous that are residing in the area. We came together as a group to support each other and developed the aim to address isolation and provide an opportunity for integration through social interactions and activities, building confidence and solidarity in relationships between people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to interact. Several of our members have qualified as Community Development workers and our core methods sit within this discipline and also hold PVG certificates.We specifically seek to unify people from different cultural backgrounds including local indigenous people. We will do this through the formulation of opportunities to volunteer, contribute to local issues, (eg: group litter picks and tree planting) and through social therapeutic activities, sport, cultural exchange and community based learning.Furthermore, we aim to guide individuals and groups to progress and develop according to their needs, sign posting our members in response to any arising issues, and making connections with other organisations of support. The organisation practises five main core values of Dignity, the right to be respected and valuedDiversity, Celebrating the diverse characteristics of people living in SpringburnUnity, Joining together Justice, Fair treatment for all and an opportunity to meet others on equal termsHonour. Upholding our values as an organisation and holding our members in esteemThe charity prioritises value and appreciation among our staffs, volunteers and members by promoting their personal achievements and success to the wider community. Thus increasing the visibility of a diverse group, located in Springburn and demonstrating the value of working in unity with each other.The organisation’s purposes are:1. To bring together and unite people from all walks of life in North and North East of Glasgow, identify their needs and supporting their development by sign posting towards other support networks. 2. Implement programs, workshops and activities related to community cohesion, specifically encouraging children and the young people to recognise the importance of environmental care.3. Organising inclusive leisure/recreational visits, aerobics, sports and community activities which build cohesion.4. Organising programs, activities and promote which support inclusivity.5. Carrying out charitable work to achieve the goals of the Charity.6. To provide a platform to promote the importance of Unity within our communities, building opportunities of integration and socialisation for people as a form of sanctuary, aimed specifically and to those who are socially excluded in their local community.

Stewarton Initiative's

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

Stewarton Initiatives was formed with the intention of carrying out activities and services to benefit the local community and those who live in it. With our dedicated team of volunteers, we plan events and activities throughout the year to make the Stewarton community a better place to live and work

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre

Joined SCVO as a Member on 21 September

Our aims are to: Increase access to Scotland’s Jewish and Holocaust-era history. Encourage wider and more diverse engagement with the collections of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre Expand access to Garnethill Synagogue and its heritage Make a lasting difference to the welfare of the heritage, the people involved, the local community and beyond.

Chryston Parish Church

Joined SCVO as a Member on 20 September

Chryston Church is a very active Church of Scotland congregation, serving the community of Chryston, and Muirhead.We run events for young people, families and older people, including Tiny Tunes, lunch clubs, worship, a large number of small groups for support, and prayer times. We provide a significant amount of pastoral care to members and others in our community. Our buildings also provide activities for dance, Tai Kwon do, breastfeeding and a range of other activities

Lismore Community Council

Joined SCVO as a Member on 20 September

We are a community council established under Argyll and Bute Council's Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils. Our objectives, adopted under the Council's model constitution:to ascertain, co-ordinate and reflect the views of the community which it represents, to liaise with other community groups within the area, and to fairly express the diversity of opinions and outlooks of the people;b) to express the views of the community to the local authority for the area to public authorities and other organisations;c) to take such action in the interests of the community as appears to it to be desirable and practicable;d) to promote the well-being of the community and to foster community spirit;e) to be a means whereby the people of the area shall be able to voice their opinions on any matter affecting their lives, their welfare, their environment, its development and amenity

Potential In Me CIC

Joined SCVO as a Member on 20 September

We have children and young people at the heart of what we do. We take a joined up approach by supporting not only children and young people, but also the adults who form their support network. In communities we support families to move from feelings of helplessness to hopefulness, and often experience challenges such as social isolation, domestic violence and addictions, amongst other things. Our support services include weekly family clubs, community wellbeing groups, wellbeing drop-in sessions and one-to-one support in homes or community settings. We support people from cradle to grave, helping them to build social capital. We also have a strand of work support the adults who work with young people. That can include youth professionals, as well as, managers of young people in employment. We support them to understand young people better and communicate effectively to get the best out of them.

Avondale Radio SCIO

Joined SCVO as a Member on 19 September

We are a volunteer run community radio station which provides content 24/7. This content includes music shows - either generic or specific genre, talk show of community interest, either from local local business or community organisations and and presenter led shows supporting mental health and well-being.Our aim is to provide community support and information and we have grown in the 18 months since we first broadcast, to now reach 85,000 monthly listeners.