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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 & research


We work to ensure that government policy at a national level reflects the needs and concerns of the voluntary sector in Scotland.


We take action to build a better future for Scottish voluntary organisations.


We ensure that research, evidence, and statistics about Scotland's voluntary sector are robust and accessible to everyone.

Collaborate with us to develop voluntary sector policy perspectives for Scotland.

We will ensure that the Scottish voluntary sector is recognised and resourced as a significant social and economic actor.

We work with colleagues across the voluntary sector to ensure the impacts of regulation on the sector are fully considered and understood.

We will ensure that the sector is recognised as a strategic partner in public service planning, delivery, and evaluation.

Policy & research View the latest sector stats

There are over 46,000 voluntary organisations active in Scotland

89% of voluntary organisations are local

35% of organisation are in rural or remote areas

In 2021 the voluntary sector in Scotland had a turnover of £8.5 billion

In 2021 voluntary sector spend was £7.9 billion

7 in 10 charities saw income and spending drop in 2021

1,182,000 people volunteered with organisations in 2020

Scotland's voluntary sector employs 135,000 paid staff

Women make up 64.5% of the sector's workforce

A resource for anyone interested in learning about the voluntary sector in Scotland.

Find links to all our current and previous work.