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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.

SCVO's Climate Conversation

This series of articles explores the role of the third sector in the climate crisis. They highlight how and why charities, social enterprises and community groups can help Scots through challenges climate change presents.

SCVO’s Journey to Net Zero – the Greener Gathering 2022

Find out the challenges, achievements and what SCVO has learnt from creating a Greener Gathering in 2022. Read more

Helping your staff and volunteers travel more sustainably

Graham McQueen on how charities could benefit from Paths For All's Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Fund to encourage more active travel Read more

You might not see the link between climate change and your charity, but your funders do

Both statuatory and independent funders will soon be asking about charities' envrionmental impact. Make sure your charity is ready. Read more

It's time to prioritise reuse

Jonathan Mail explains why the Scottish Government's Circular Economy Bill presents an opportunity for charity retail. Read more

Scotland needs a strong and ambitious Circular Economy Bill

The Circular Economy bill will present opportunities and challenges for third sector organisations. Michael Cook explains what its about. Read more

Crisis upon crisis – solving climate and cost of living crises together

The climate crisis seems less important than the cost of living crisis but the two are inter-linked, says Susan Smith Read more

Garioch goes Green & saves money

Kevin Borarius, chief executive of Garioch Sports Centre, explains why it's introduced energy saving measures. Kevin will be offering some hints and tips on how charities and social enterprises can combine energy saving with money saving at a webinar on 18 May 2022.

How to use digital technologies sustainably

Did you know that digital services are thought to produce more carbon emissions than the aviation industry? And if the internet was a country it would be the seventh biggest polluter in the world. The cloud isn’t as fluffy and harmless as we’re led to believe. Freelance sustainable web consultant Hannah Smith discusses how to be sustainable online in this really useful webinar.

SCVO's Climate Conversation

Circular Economy 360 - teaching you how to repond to the climate crisis

Naomi Johnson discusses the free Social Investment Scotland Circular Economy 360 series. With guest speakers from Scottish organisations and additional materials recorded with global third sector leaders, participants will leave the programme with the inspiration and skills to conduct baseline environmental assessments and develop a plan for their organisation to embed the circular economy principles into their business. Read more - and find out how to book onto this free course, running through May and June 2022.

Mission critical: how third sector organisations can play to their strengths in responding to the climate emergency

William Grant Foundation chief executive Nick Addington believes third sector organisations have a critical contribution to make in response to the climate emergency. But reducing their carbon footprints isn’t it. Read more

Climate Conscious charities are already protecting Scots

SCVO campaigns manager Susan Smith explores the role non-environmental charities are already playing in the climate crisis and urges charities to enter the Scottish Charity Awards Climate Conscious Award 2022. Read more

Last modified on 23 August 2022
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