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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.

Research blog

Volunteers: we all love them, we all want them, but are there enough to go round? In our recent Sector Forecast, 61% of respondents told us they were planning to recruit more volunteers in 2017. One in three small charities and two in three larger charities hoped to see their... Read more
Insights for 2017: Volunteers and Boards This briefing explores issues around volunteering and boards.  View the PDF version of this briefing. SCVO Sector Forecast for 2017 Scottish Household Survey Volunteer Scotland Key facts 27% of Scottish adults volunteer Over... Read more
From October to December 2016, SCVO ran a series of three workshops and an online survey to get a better understanding of when and how trustees access information and support, and what they feel could be done to improve the information and support currently available to them. The... Read more
Scotland’s social care sector: The financial evidence that is driving change Report by Jo Armstrong, May 2017 Summary A key focus for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the sustainability of the third sector in Scotland. Social care amounts to over a... Read more
In our latest Intermediaries Report, we discuss the role of intermediaries and the reach and impact they have, with case study examples. Also included is a directory of intermediaries operating in Scotland right now. View the May 2017 Intermediaries Report Read more
NCVO has just launched its 2017 UK Civil Society Almanac. It’s comprehensive, has lots of great infographics and is crammed with enough new facts and figures on income and workforce to make any data geeks out there go weak at the knees (the more maths-averse amongst you may get... Read more
Summary When it comes to local funding from public bodies, the sector suffers from short term, small pots of money, with long-term funding in the minority; this can have real impacts for individuals and communities. The sector still does not always get the support it needs, and... Read more
Key Findings The majority of charities remain relatively confident about their future, but recognise that 2017 will be challenging. There is a ‘squeezed middle’ of medium-sized charities that are particularly worried about the dual pressures of financial uncertainty and... Read more
Leaders from across Scotland’s third sector have come together with a rallying call for all the nation's charities and voluntary organisations to commit to seizing the opportunities presented by new technology and the internet. Over the last six months, 19 senior charity leaders... Read more
Synopsis Scottish Fundraising Working Group June 2016 Foreword Scotland’s charity sector is a critical component of our civic society. The impact of charitable fundraising every day, in every community across Scotland, is genuinely life changing. It is, however, not without its... Read more