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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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In 2019, the Scottish Government began the consultative process for what would become the Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Act 2023. At the time, many across the sector – including SCVO – were somewhat underwhelmed after hoping for wider reform of charity... Read more

Congratulations on your appointment as Deputy First Minister of Scotland.  I very much look forward to working with you again in this new role. Read more

Community Wealth Building (CWB) became a buzzword in 2021 when the Scottish Government revealed plans to introduce CWB legislation in the current parliamentary session. The vision for Scotland’s future, set out in the Programme for Government 2021-22 and the National Strategy for... Read more

Dear First Minister Congratulations on your election as First Minister of Scotland. I very much look forward to working with you again in this new role, and I am very pleased that Shirley-Anne Somerville has retained her role as Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice. We were... Read more

Responding to the First Minister's resignation, Anna Fowlie, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations' (SCVO) Chief Executive, said: As Scotland stops to watch the political goings on at Holyrood, it is vital that we don’t take our eye off the ball. While it is not clear how... Read more

Last year, the temporary debanking of Nigel Farage sparked a public discussion around access to banking. Questions around who should have access to banking, and the consequences of losing access, permeated public discourse. The situation brought much needed media attention to... Read more

At SCVO, we have worked hard over the last few years, with our sector, to pull together our Fair Funding principles and asks, and to champion those within the Scottish Parliament. But as successful as that work has been thus far, we can still do much more by amplifying our calls... Read more

Kirsten Hogg shares what she learned from her time in Cardiff Bay where she attended a conference on Strengthening Civil Society Impact. Read more

As any keen observer of politics will be keen to remind you, 2024 is a record year for democracy. Across the globe more people than ever will go to the polls. Here in Scotland and across the UK, it looks like we will be joining in, with a General Election slated for the second... Read more

Last week brought another Spring Budget – and it all felt a bit like Groundhog Day, didn’t it? Pre-election giveaways caught the headlines – against a backdrop of low growth and productivity. Disappointingly absent from the Chancellor’s statement was recognition of the... Read more