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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.

Good Governance

Trustees have a significant part to play in your organisation. They are there to oversee and take responsibility for everything your organisation does. Being a trustee is an important role and should not to be taken on without an understanding of what’s involved.

SCVO Trustee Network

The SCVO Trustee Network provides trustees and boards with support and guidance to help generate good governance across the voluntary sector in Scotland.

The Code outlines good practice for trustees in the voluntary sector in Scotland. Our checkup tool helps you understand how well your organisation is doing on governance.
Information on who can be a trustee and what's involved. Find out about collective responsibility, personal liability and the difference between governance and management.
Guidance to help you succeed in recruiting great trustees, and to make sure they get a good introduction and a comprehensive induction.
Running effective and efficient meetings will help your organisation achieve its objectives. Find out how to set an agenda and take minutes, and ensure your trustees follow a Code of Conduct
Your trustees need to continually evolve and adapt. In order to develop a problem solving approach and ensure a long-term future, you need to invest in training and development for your trustees
Clear descriptions of common governance words and phrases
Find out how our mediation support can help you manage conflict and stop it from escalating.
We're providing you with some guidance and templates, so that you can get a head-start on making sure you've got everything in place

Additional content elsewhere on SCVO

The platform provides entry-level information and learning to help trustees, volunteers and staff run their voluntary organisations
Information about safeguarding