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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.

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For many, the recent easing of lockdown restrictions could not come soon enough and if, like me, you are optimistic that they will continue then we can refocus our plans for a new normal that hopefully reminds us of pre-pandemic days. The vaccination programme throughout the UK... Read more
Scotland is now ‘Beyond level 0’. The external rules that restricted face to face activity have more or less ended.   But we know that many people still feel cautious. Organisations across the voluntary sector want to get the next few months... Read more
Introduction As my colleague Sheghley posted at the end of June, SCVO wanted to learn more about the sector's use of the furlough scheme. In order to do so, we asked organisations to complete a short survey about their use of the scheme and any potential implications for their... Read more
In Scotland, most charities are small. SCVO’s State of the Sector research shows that 75% of Scottish charities have incomes under £100k. But whilst they may be small, they have a huge impact on the lives of individuals, communities and causes across the country. This week it’s... Read more
As Volunteers Week draws to a close, we can all look back and celebrate volunteers across the UK, who, like us all, have had a year unlike any other. Volunteer efforts didn’t stop during the pandemic, in fact more people got involved in their local communities. From looking out... Read more
The pandemic has changed much about the way we work and as the focus begins to shift to a return to offices, it is time for a radical rethink on what the future of work could look like. Last year saw offices closed and attitudes to remote working changed and as lockdown... Read more
What does digital change look like Before, During, and Beyond a pandemic? Although it feels like we’re living week to week or month to month right now, it’s sometimes useful to take a broader view and reflect on how things are changing over the longer term. SCVO has been... Read more
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s a brilliant initiative, anything that brings mental health issues into focus should be applauded. But when you think about it, it’s also a bit of a strange idea. Why do we need to have mental health awareness events?  Every... Read more
Hello! I am so excited to be writing my first blog as part of SCVO’s Digital Participation team, to introduce myself and tell you about our Digital in the House programme. Firstly, who am I? My name is Rory Brown, a Community Learning and Development (CLD) worker who has been... Read more
These difficult times mean charities are having to navigate uncertainty, making tough decisions as well as future proofing their organisation. Diversity of perspectives in the boardroom is an essential part of this. By avoiding groupthink, it better ensures all decisions reflect... Read more