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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.

Organisational profiles: funding and public sector relationships

SCVO commissioned an independent consultant, Arrivo Consulting, to conduct depth interviews with several of our members. The aim of the project was twofold:

  • To deepen our understanding of the key challenges faced by third sector organisations, specifically in relation to funding and relationships with the public sector.
  • To identify common themes across the interviews that may allow for grouping of organisations by some defined characteristic, turnover, for example.

The interviews highlighted several recurring themes on the barriers that third sector organisations encounter in delivering their mission. These are the systemic barriers to change.

  • Disconnect between policy and practice — interviews highlighted several ‘disconnects’ between national policy and the implementation of policy at the local level.
  • The public sector has a poor understanding of the third sector — interviews highlighted a range of issues around the public sector’s misunderstanding and misconceptions of the third sector.

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Last modified on 13 October 2022