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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.

Support & learning blog

Last week the SCVO Board met and one of the items on the agenda was to look at the Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector and explore how SCVO trustees can evidence good governance, individually and collectively. SCVO is here to support, promote and develop a confident... Read more
With a mere 6 sleeps to go until Cyber Scotland Week kicks off in earnest, it is now time to shine the spotlight on the third sector catalyst network members who are pulling out all the stops to make sure #CSW2021 is epic for the voluntary and community sector in Scotland. To... Read more
All this week, I have been nagging myself, and promising my colleague and partner in Cyber Scotland Week crime Siobhan Mercer, that I would write a blog on all the brilliant stuff planned… BUT this brilliant stuff doesn’t plan itself and it has been a busy week getting our cyber... Read more
2020 saw trustees challenged in many ways, not least as they had to work virtually to make difficult decisions and ensure their organisations were governed effectively. Most fared well, but some boards saw the dynamics change and trustee relationships deteriorate. This was not... Read more
I am sure that any trustee reading this will agree that their role is not for the faint hearted! There is lots to learn and understand about the organisation that you represent already, so you won’t thank me for bringing an additional burden to your door by mentioning cyber... Read more
We’ve all spent so much of 2020 trying to stay in touch with people while we can’t be in the same physical space. For many of us, that has led to a lot of ‘Zoom fatigue’.  In my role at SCVO, lots of folk ask for tips on how to make it all a bit less tiring... Read more
From fake pets to brushing scams, Alison looks back at a bumper year of scamming. 2020 has been many things, including what could be described as the “Year of the Scam” (copyright – me... no citation to support this! :-).  Cyber criminals and fraudsters have... Read more
I work for a charitable organisation providing emotional and spiritual care and support to people in a variety of workplaces in the west of Edinburgh. I signed on to the Design Hop recently advertised by SCVO because I had a sense that I needed to up my digital game in order to... Read more
I signed up for the Design Hops course not really knowing what to expect. I’d read the course brief and it sounded like something that would be beneficial for us as an organisation. In the first session we looked at identifying our key issue, and our knowledge and assumptions... Read more
Starting a new job during a global pandemic is certainly a very unusual experience. Over the past 10 weeks, I have been completing a graduate internship lead by Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum. The project involved creating a report mapping the governance training and... Read more