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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.

Siobhan Mercer

Digital Inclusion Assistant Development Officer

Digital and Programmes

Latest posts by Siobhan Mercer

Fife Council is the largest employer in Fife and the third largest council in Scotland. It is a mammoth task to support almost 18,000 staff with their digital skills to ensure a digitally confident workforce. To help meet the challenge their Digital Skills and Learning (DS&L... Read more

Amazing and inspiring digital transformation work has been happening all over Scotland for years. Join us to be part of a sustainable movement to build a digitally confident and inclusive Scotland. Read more

A few years ago I was working for a grant funder on the Workplace Equality Fund. It was the first time I really understood that equality is only ever achieved by providing equity first, and true inclusion is only ever achieved by completely rethinking things. My lightbulb moment... Read more

I leave SCVO this week and have been reflecting on the remarkable evolution achieved by myself, my team and the Scottish voluntary sector over this past year. evolution (n.) The process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed from earlier forms... Read more

“Online groups have been so successful. There’s so many unexpected benefits, we wish we’d done it before.”Vicki, Group Facilitator and Training Coordinator, Saje Saje Scotland is a small charity, working to reduce and prevent domestic abuse in Scotland. Their key aim is to give... Read more

The key message was clear. Pick a “no code” tool and get started! What the heck is "no code"? I’ve got to admit I had no idea! I struggled to write the event blurb for our DigiShift on flexible No Code technology - because I had no clue what our event was about! After the event... Read more

The Q&A session with the three expert speakers on our DigiShift on Data-Driven Charities was one of our most active sessions. Scottish charities are definitely interested in why and how to better use their data. Our expert speakers Steve MacLaughlin from Blackbaud made it clear... Read more

Working remotely means you need to find a balance between supporting your staff and volunteers to access your systems, and securing them against cyber attack. External cyber attacks are becoming increasingly indiscriminate. Assuming you will not be a target is no longer an option... Read more

There has been an awful lot of misinformation and fake news around recently, often accompanied by scams. We held a DigiShift webinar with three industry thought leaders, who each explored a key question around managing risk and the impact of misinformation in the current crisis... Read more

Siobhan Mercer reflects on the insights and inspiration from an Ask Me Anything DigiShift session with the renowned Beth Kanter. The topics covered were virtual meetings, managing remote teams, and maintaining connection and wellbeing while social distancing. Have you ever... Read more