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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.

Frequently asked questions

1. How can I vote in the People's Choice Award

Members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award – by visiting - before 5pm on Friday 27 August 2021. You will be required to include your email address in the voting form. Please note that you can only for once for one of the 45 finalists, and multiple votes from the same email address will only be counted once.

2. Can we apply for more than one category?

Organisations and individuals can apply as many times as they like.

3. Who can apply?

Entry is open to all types of voluntary organisations, including registered charities, social enterprises and campaigning groups.

4. Unsure what category to apply under?

When applying please ensure you read the criteria specified in the applications form, for example Volunteer of the Year recognises a volunteer, supporter or patron who is not paid by the organisation. Trustee of the Year recognises a trustee or board member and Employee of the Year recognises a paid employee.

5. Who can verify my application?

The independent verifier needs to be someone not associated/employed with the organisation submitting the form i.e. another organisation or individual who is aware of the work, individual, campaign

6. Our entry/timeframe isn’t complete or began before the entry date stated on the form?

The focus of the entry should be on activities carried out within the entry period, 1 Jan 2020 to 31 March 2021. However, the judging panel will take into consideration work leading up to this period

7. We have additional evidence to support our application, can we send this to back up our entry?

You can also submit up to two pieces of supporting evidence to demonstrate impact of your charity e.g. artwork, photos, videos or testimonials. Please note supporting evidence is additional information that may not be fully considered by the judges.

8. What is the closing date for applications?

5pm on 14 May 2021