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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.

Information Service

Our Information Service can help you with any part of setting up or running your voluntary sector organisation.

You can contact us directly to speak to one of our Information Officers, or find helpful guides on lots of different topics on our website.

Contact the Information Service

What can we help with

If you contact us, we'll provide general information, support and signposting on:

Setting up an organisation

  • Whether charitable status is right for you
  • Deciding on the right structure
  • Talking through SCVO's model constitutions

Running your organisation

  • Organisational development and planning
  • Financial and legal responsibilities
  • Your role as an employer


  • Good governance and best practice
  • Trustee roles and responsibilities
  • Recruitment and induction

We also have a dedicated HR and employment support service to help you with managing and employing staff.

SCVO members get extra in-depth support

We know that sometimes you need specialist advice, which is why our members get access to free support from our partners including:

  • Free legal advice
  • Free TAX and VAT advice
  • Free investment advice.

Members can also access our full range of model policies, templates and checklists, which you can adapt for your own organisation.

And you can attend our members-only webinars, bringing together experts with our members to cover key topics on setting up and running an organisation.

Find out more about joining as an SCVO member, or sign-in to your account to access our free specialist support.

Terms and conditions apply.

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