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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.


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

Many of the areas that the voluntary sector work in are complex and need long term action. The voluntary sector is committed to sharing our ideas, experience, and expertise. By working in partnership with each other, statutory partners, and the private sector, we can achieve positive outcomes for both the sector and the communities our sector works with.  

We know that the services offered by the voluntary sector are under pressure. Covid 19 has put enormous strain on sector finances and, for many, increasing demand on services. To provide security for our staff, volunteers, and the communities our sector works with we need fair, effective and efficient partnerships. To secure the essential services our sector provides for the future we need parity of power in the funding relationship, longer-term funding, and longer lead-out periods from initiatives. 

To strengthen collaboration, we have committed to a long-term partnership with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the Scottish Government to enhance our collective contribution to Scotland’s communities.

The sector have many positive relationships with local government. We will ensure the sector are recognised as a partner and considered at all stages of public service planning, delivery, and evaluation.  

Rachel Le Noan leads our policy work in this area. Contact